What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is ideal for patients who have anxiety and fear when visiting the dental office. You may be putting off care because you’re nervous about what may be to come, which only causes further problems with your smile. Alternatively, you may need extensive work done, and would benefit from being relaxed or asleep during the appointment. We offer several different types of sedation to meet your own individual needs.
Why is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry necessary?
Sedation is safe and effective for all patients. Our goal is to offer our patients many different options to improve the quality of their care. Some reasons for needing or wanting sedation include:
- You avoid visiting the dentist because of fear or anxiety
- You don’t like the sights, sounds or smells associated with dental treatment
- You find yourself fidgeting a lot and are unable to sit still for treatment
- You need oral surgery or another invasive procedure
- You would rather not be awake or aware during the appointment
Who is a candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
We offer safe, effective sedation to all of our patients. This sedation is carefully administered and monitored at all times. We will review your health and medical history prior to any sedation being given to you. Sedatives are safe for both pediatric and adult patients and provided on an as needed basis.
What can you expect with Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry will begin with a complete consultation. We’ll review your health history and ask about what you’re looking for when coming in for care. Nitrous oxide, which is commonly called laughing gas, can be beneficial for both children and adults. This sweet-smelling gas will relax you enough so that having dental treatment done isn’t worrisome. Oral sedation involves taking an easy-to-swallow pill that relaxes you for your appointment. IV sedation is better suited to our surgical patients or those who need to be asleep for treatment.
If you think you’d benefit from sleep dentistry, call us today so that we can get you into our office offering one-on-one care and low, convenient wait times.