Do you wish you could sleep through your dental treatment? For many patients, sleep dentistry is revolutionizing their dental treatment. Sleep dentistry is also known as oral sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications designed to calm, relax, or even allow the patient to sleep through their dental treatment. A dentist performs sedation dentistry with specialized advanced training. A trained sedation dentist can carry out multiple routine procedures or specialist dental procedures without causing a patient any stress.
Sedation and Sleep Dentistry Risks
There are only a few health reasons that prevent a person from taking advantage of the benefits of sleep dentistry. Generally, the main contraindications to sleep dentistry are:
- Allergic reactions to sedatives
- Central nervous system compromise
- Untreated glaucoma
- Severe resistance to medications
- Uncontrolled cardiac or respiratory conditions
Planning for Sleep Dentistry
Since sleep dentistry allows for very efficient dental treatment, your dentist will typically sequence your treatment to have as much completed in as few visits as possible. To plan for your sleep dentistry appointment you should:
- Plan to fast for at least 6 hours prior to your appointment
- Plan for adequate time for an appointment and some time to recover afterward
- Arrange for a ride to and from the appointment
- Avoid alcohol consumption before a procedure or any medications you haven’t discussed with your dentist
- If you are able to do this, then you may be a good candidate for sleep dentistry
Do I Need Sleep Dentistry for All Appointments?
Every patient is unique. Oral Sedation dentistry can be customized to care for their comfort, fears, or phobias. After gaining trust with your dentist you may find you can have more treatment provided with lesser levels of sedation. At a certain point, you may find you don’t need sedation dentistry any longer. At Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction, we have several accouterments to aid your comfort that make dentistry more enjoyable. Some things that we offer patients are:
- Supportive neck pillows
- Soft blankets
- A wide selection of iPod music
- Dental chairs designed for maximum comfort
- 55″ TVs in all treatment rooms with Hulu
- Charm and respect for all patient wishes
Consult Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction About Sedation Dentistry Today!
Sitting still in a chair might be no big deal to many people, but for some patients, it is simply impossible. Do not lose faith if you have had uncomfortable experiences at the dentist. Numerous options can help even the most fearful or uncomfortable patients at the dentist. If you think that you would be a good candidate for sedation dentistry, or if you have further questions about the service, have a consult with a sedation dentist!