Sedation dentistry or “sleep dentistry” is the term that refers to the use of anesthesia during a patient’s treatment and they are put into a relaxed state like they are sleeping. This option is used for procedures that require extensive amounts of time in the treatment chair and the sedation is ideal for patients who have dental phobias or difficulty controlling their movements. Patients are not usually unconscious for the procedure, but they are in a sleep-like state and typically do not remember much of the procedure afterwards.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Candidates for sedation dentistry include patients with a dental anxiety, fear of needles, or individuals who require a complex treatment and would like the procedure performed in a single, pain-free visit. Some people have such an aversion to dentistry that they avoid having dental work done. Research has shown that the number one reason people do not have dental treatments is because of their dental anxiety. These feelings are understandable but putting off dental treatment can lead to future problems like gum disease or major issues that require extensive intervention. Patients can overcome these anxieties and get the treatments they need with the option of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is an option for patients who have:
• Dental Anxiety
• Sensitive Teeth
• Difficulty Getting Numb
• Complex Dental Issues
• Dental Phobias – Fear of Needles
• Limited Time to Complete Dental Work
• Traumatic Dental Experiences
• Difficulty Controlling Movement
Sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective way for patients to overcome their fears and other dental issues so that they can get the treatment they need to maintain oral health and avoid major dental problems.