Sedation Dentistry Procedure
Sleep dentistry is a term often used in place of sedation dentistry. It implies you will sleep through the procedure. In most cases, conscious sedation is safer and easier for most patients. With sedation, patients can have their dental treatment completed in a more relaxed state, free from stress and anxiety. It also allows the dentist to complete the treatment quicker and easier by focusing on the procedure rather than slowly performing while calming the patient. Oftentimes the patient will simply sleep through the process and relax knowing their smile will be treated without pain or discomfort.
Some of the procedures that commonly incorporate sedation include wisdom teeth extractions, implants, gum surgeries, multiple restorations and full mouth reconstruction cases. Our doctors are equipped to deal with complex cases and have taken advanced training and precautions to ensure your safety. We will work with you to determine the appropriate level of sedation for your specific needs.
To ensure the safety of our patients, we require that an adult bring you to your appointment and stay to drive you home when oral sedation or IV sedation is administered. Patients might feel a little drowsy or groggy after the procedure and must have an adult accompany them to make sure they understand the after-care guidelines and arrive home safely.
Despite past negative dental experiences or connotations, we will do everything we can to make your appointments as comfortable as possible.
A Few Things You Should Know Before Choosing Sedation Dentistry:
- If you have dental phobias, sedation dentistry can help you complete your treatment comfortably and quickly.
- If you have a severe gag reflex or difficulty sitting still for long periods, you are a great candidate for sedation dentistry.
- If you are having extensive dental treatment such as implants, extractions or surgery, sedation dentistry will make the procedure significantly more comfortable for you.
- Not all insurance companies cover the cost of sedation, however, the procedures can often be combined and completed quicker.
- At your initial consultation, your dentist will select the best sedation modality for you. This means we will work together to determine if mild, medium or deeper sedation would be better for your comfort and safety. We will thoroughly go through your medical history to ensure your well-being prior to advising any procedure.
Sedation dentistry may be a good option to consider if you relate to the following conditions:
Extreme fear of dental work
Previous difficult dental experiences
Require extensive dental work
Strong gag reflex
Special needs making it difficult to sit still
Challenging time schedules that require large amounts of treatment to be completed in a short time frame
Difficulty being frozen using local anesthetic
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Your consultation consists of a comprehensive exam that includes everything from looking at your teeth and gums, to the bite and the way your whole mouth looks and functions as a whole. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.