Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Sedation is a safe option for patients needing to relax while undergoing dental treatment. Sedation is often necessary for more complex procedures, like surgeries, but it can be helpful if you are dealing with dental-related anxiety as well. It is safely administered to each patient requesting it. We offer both inhaled nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) as well as oral conscious sedation.
Why is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry needed?
If your fear of the dental office is keeping you from coming in, you are doing yourself and your smile a disservice. With safe, effective sedation, your appointment can be easier and more relaxed. There are a few reasons why you might want to consider sedation dentistry:
- You have severe anxiety and fear over the dental office
- You don’t like the smells or sounds associated with treatment
- You’re undergoing complex surgery or treatment
- Your child has severe anxiety over visiting the dentist
- You have trouble sitting still for appointments
- You suffer panic attacks before or during treatment
Who is a candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Dr. Bloom can consult with you about our sedation options and help in choosing the one that is right for you. Most patients who want sedation can safely have it administered. Sedation is safe and effective, so it’s ideal for patients of all ages, including children. Because we offer a few different sedative types, you can choose the one that is best suited to your needs.
What can be expected with Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
We offer two different types of sedation: oral conscious as well as nitrous oxide. We will first consult with you prior to your appointment to determine which one you would prefer. Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling gas that you will breathe in before your appointment begins. This will put you into a deeply relaxed state so that you’re comfortable for the entire procedure. Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication before your appointment. This pill will deeply relax you so that the procedure is easier. For both types of sedation, we recommend having a friend or relative bring you home from the office.
If you think you might benefit from sedation dentistry, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members. We offer low wait times in our office for convenient scheduling.