Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
It is not uncommon to feel nervous about your upcoming dental visit. However, many people continually forgo their dental care because they are struggling to overcome their fears and anxieties. If this is a problem for you, we offer a range of different sedative options to make your time with us more comfortable. We offer both nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as well as oral sedation.
Why is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry needed?
Sedation is safely administered to each individual patient. It is safe for both adults as well as children. We might recommend sedation for more complex procedures or when we feel it is best for you to be relaxed during treatment. You can request sedation at any time you’re feeling nervous, frightened or anxious over an upcoming appointment.
Who is a candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Most patients are good candidates for sedation, as it is safely administered at all times. We will go over your health and medical history to determine if sedation is right for you. You can request sedation at any appointment and for any reason. Our goal is to provide you with a calm and comfortable experience in our office.
What happens during Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
For nitrous oxide, we will have you breathe in through a small mask. This sweet-smelling gas is going to fully relax you. You will have the procedure done as normal and the mask will be removed. The effects of nitrous oxide often only last for as long as the mask is over your face. Our oral sedation involves taking a pill prior to the visit. This pill will again fully relax you so that you can feel more comfortable during the procedure. For both sedatives, we recommend having someone you trust to bring you both to and from the appointment as you may not be able to drive yourself home upon completion of the procedure.
If you think you might benefit from coming in for sedation, call the office today so that we can get you in for a consultation.