How Sleep Dentistry Works
Sleep dentistry is ideal for patients who feel nervous or fearful about undergoing dental procedures. It allows these patients to receive the care they need without any undue stress; indeed, without their even being aware of the procedure as it is taking place.
Sleep Dentistry Techniques & Levels
Relaxation with Sedation
Sedation dentistry involves tranquil, mild sedation, and is ideal for mildly anxious patients. Although you will remain awake and we will rely on freezing to eliminate tooth pain, you will nonetheless experience a pleasant, comfortable, stress-free dental appointment with sedation.
These techniques produce a "barely aware - don't care" state, as well as profound comfort and zero pain. You will have little to no memory of your session. This type of sedation is a good choice for those who are comfortable with only a mild awareness of their procedures.
The term says it all. Safe, sophisticated gentle anesthesia eliminates consciousness altogether during the dental procedure. You simply sleep through it all, completely unaware. Many of our patients come to us specifically for complete sleep dental treatments.
What is the sleep dentistry process like?
Before the procedure takes place, you and your dentist will have a consultation to determine what type of sedation or anaesthesia is most appropriate for your needs.
Whether you simply need help relaxing, or wish to be fully asleep during your procedure, your dentist will explain the process to you, give you instructions for preparation, and answer any questions you may have.
You will need to be escorted to and from your sedation or sleep dentistry appointment by a trusted friend or family member, as it often takes some time for the sedatives or anaesthesia to wear off. This mean you shouldn't drive, and you will need someone to keep an eye one you.
When you an your escort arrive for the appointment, you will be seated in the treatment room and made as comfortable as possible.
Depending on the type of sedation, you may or may not be unconscious during your procedure. We will carefully and continuously monitor your blood pressure, pulse and blood oxygen levels during the procedure; your safety is our first concern.
After Your Procedure
After the procedure, the sedatives will be reduced gradually. Once you are ready, your escort will bring you home. You will be given post-procedure instructions to follow. Please note that you will have to take the rest of the day off of work or school, so make any necessary arrangements well ahead of time.