Sleep dentistry, more commonly referred to as sedation dentistry, is designed to help patients feel more comfortable when having dental work done. There are a myriad of sedation options available to meet your comfort needs and requirements, and we will be happy to help you choose which option is right for you.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry involves receiving sedation when having dental work done to help calm and relax you during your procedure. This can be done via IV anesthetic which puts you into a deep sleep or through semi-sedated options like nitrous oxide. What you choose for your procedures is what you feel most comfortable having done.
Who is a good candidate for Sleep Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is ideal for most patients who would otherwise be too nervous to get work done in the office. Some of the reasons you may want to consider this as an option include:
- You have been putting off dental procedures because of fear and anxiety
- You suffer from panic attacks while in the dental chair
- You have a low pain tolerance for most procedures
- You would rather not remember the work being done
What to expect
Sedation dentistry is done quickly and easily and can allow you to have the dental work done that you need. You are in total control of your sedation every step of the way, and you tell us what level of sedation you choose for the work being done. From there, we will ensure that you receive the anesthetic in a way that is comfortable and convenient for you. Sedation dentistry is most commonly used through methods such as:
- Nitrous Sedation– otherwise known as laughing gas, helps you feel relaxed and sometimes even giddy. It is a mixture of sedation medication with oxygen that is administered through a small mask that is placed over your nose. While under Nitrous sedation, you will still be able to hear and respond to the dentist’s requests, and will be in a more relaxed state. The effects of the sedation are completely safe, and the amount received is controlled by our highly qualified dentists. The effects wear off fast so you leave our office feeling back to your old self. This is the only type of sedation that does not require someone to be with you after the appointment, and you can even drive yourself home.
- Oral Sedation- is medication that is given to a patient to help relieve anxiety through a pill. You will be prescribed a certain dosage amount based off your exam with our dentists, and it is usually taken about an hour before the procedure begins. Typically the pill is a drug in the Valium family and will make you extremely drowsy, although you’ll still be awake during the procedure. You will feel calm and very relaxed, allowing the dentists to complete the procedure required. You will need to have someone you trust drive you home after the procedure, as the effects of the pill can remain in your system for longer periods of time.
If you are interested in learning more about sleep dentistry, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.