Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, often referred to as sleep dentistry, is beneficial for both anxious patients as well as more invasive procedures. By using either nitrous oxide as well as IV sedation, we are able to put you into a deeply relaxed, sleep-like state that allows us to begin treatment. Sedation dentistry is typically necessary for more complicated procedures, like oral surgery. Some patients prefer full sedation because they are nervous, anxious or just don’t want to remember their appointment.
Why is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry needed?
Sedation dentistry is necessary for two reasons. The first is because some procedures are more invasive and complicated than others. By being in a sleep-like state, it allows us to work more efficiently and provide the care and treatment that is needed. The second reason sleep dentistry is helpful is because it relaxed anxious patients. Patients who forgo treatment regularly and who show signs of severe anxiety in the office will benefit from this particular option.
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What makes you a good candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Before we administer any type of sedation, we go over your health and medical history. This ensures that you’re healthy enough to undergo sedation and will benefit from it the most. We will discuss your sedation options with you during a consultation appointment before your procedure. We offer nitrous and IV sedation to help our patients feel comfortable in the office.
What can you expect with Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Before you have any sedation administered, we will consult with you and go over your medical history. For nitrous oxide, a small mask is placed over your nose while you breathe in a sweet-smelling gas. This gas relaxes you and puts you into a semi-conscious state where you will not necessarily remember the procedure. For IV sedation, an IV is inserted into your arm and the sedative administered slowly. You will go into a sleep-like state while treatment is being done. For both nitrous oxide and IV sedation, it is essential that you have someone else bring you home after your appointment.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and want to know your options, call our office today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.