What is Sedation Dentistry or “Sleep Dentistry”?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called “Sleep Dentistry,” is a safe, gentle option used to help patients relax while they are having dental treatment. Medication will be used but you usually remain awake, unless you opt for a general anesthetic which will make you sleep.
Dr. Dolores Mora or Dr. Tim Gutierrez will discuss the sedation options with you so that you can choose the one you prefer and which the doctor feels is best suited to your circumstances:
A low level of sedation – you will feel completely relaxed but will not be asleep.
Moderate sedation – you will feel more relaxed, even drowsy and although not fully asleep, you may not remember much afterward.
Deep sedation – you will wake up easily but will be more or less unconscious.
General anesthetic – you will be fully asleep/unconscious and will not be aware of anything.
What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Being sedated while you have dental work completed brings with it many benefits. Your anxiety will be relieved, you will be less aware or totally unaware of the procedure being carried out and your fear will be a thing of the past.
How Does the Sedation Dentistry Work?
First, you meet with our practice to learn about your dental anxiety, health history and determine if oral conscious sedation is a fit for you.
With Sedation Dentistry, the patient orally takes a pill that induces a highly relaxed state.
The patient is awake and aware of their surroundings and can follow instructions from the dentist.
Because the pill is taken before the appointment and takes a little while to wear off, the patient will need someone to drive them to the dentist’s office and back again after the appointment.
No IVs are necessary for oral conscious sedation, which helps relieve extra fears that patients may have.
Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If the thought of dental treatment fills you with dread, then sedation dentistry is well worth considering. Whether you have a phobia or something less, by allowing your dentist to sedate you, dental treatment can be carried out quickly and efficiently. Talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry if you have problems with any of the following:
A gag reflex that causes problems during treatment
Need to have a vast amount of work carried out
If you qualify as a patient who experiences anxiety, our team can help you determine an appropriate course of sedation dentistry that meets your needs.