Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
We understand that it can sometimes be frightening and scary to come into the office for care. Oftentimes, patients have deep rooted fears about going to the dentist from childhood. Fortunately, we offer many sedative options to make your time in our office more comfortable. Sedation can relax you and calm you down so that you’re finally able to receive the treatment that you need.
Why would Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry be needed?
Sedation is both safe and effective when administered to our patients. In fact, many children as well as adults can benefit from having sedation administered. Some of the reasons to consider sleep dentistry include:
- You find yourself constantly forgoing dental care due to fear and anxiety
- You suffer panic attacks before or during treatment
- You can’t sit still for treatment
- You have a mental or physical disability that makes receiving dental care difficult
- You don’t like the sights, smells or sounds associated with dentistry
- You need to have a complex surgery or procedure done in the office
Who is a good candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Most of our patients are good candidates for sedation and because we offer several different types of sedatives, it’s easy to choose the one that’s right for you. We will go over your health and medical history before administering any anesthetic. We do ask our patients to have someone with them to bring them home after undergoing sedation. Both adults and children alike can benefit from sedation dentistry.
What happens during the Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry process?
We first consult with you regarding the type of sedative you want. Nitrous oxide is often called laughing gas, and it’s a sedative that works to relax you. The effects are felt almost immediately and wear off as soon as the small mask is removed from your nose. Oral sedation is a pill you’ll take before your appointment in our office. The pill relaxes you and calms you down enough to receive treatment. IV sedation is more complex, and it’s often better suited to our patients undergoing complex surgeries and procedures.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, call our office today to speak with one of our helpful and friendly staff members. We have low wait times as well as a one-on-one approach to care that can make your time with us convenient and comfortable.