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Sleep/ Sedation Dentistry

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If you are anxious about visiting the dentist or have had bad experiences in the past, sleep dentistry is for you.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a very simple procedure which uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Sometimes people confusingly call sedation dentistry “sleep dentistry,” but you are not asleep, you are actually conscious and will be able to respond to instructions during treatment, but won’t likely remember most of your visit.

You will need someone to drive you to your dental appointment and pick you up. You may be a little groggy for a while afterward, but otherwise there are no lasting effects of sedation dentistry. With the exception of people who are allergic to the medication or have underlying health conditions, sedation dentistry is completely safe.

Who can benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can help many people who have been avoiding dental appointments for many reasons. It can help you if you suffer from:

  • Fear or anxiety before dental visits
  • Difficulty getting numb—often a result of anxiety
  • Can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair, discomfort in the dentist’s chair
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Discomfort from holding your mouth open for a long time
  • A strong gag reflex that makes dental treatment uncomfortable
  • If you would prefer to have a large amount of dental work completed in a single visit

How can sedation/sleep dentistry help you?

  • You will be in a dream-like state, though you will remain conscious and responsive
  • You can often have multiple treatments completed in one session.
  • You’ll be relieved of possible discomfort associated with long and complex procedures.

What are the various levels of sedation?

The levels of sedation used include:

  • Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) – you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation – you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anaesthesia – you are completely unconscious.

What are the options commonly used in dentistry?

There are three different types of sedation that are used for dental procedures:

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