Sedation dentistry, also called Sleep dentistry is a term that refers to the use of anesthesia during dental procedures such Dental Implants, Root Canals and Tooth Extraction.
Sleep dentistry is often used during procedures that require an extensive amount of time, as well as for patients who exhibit dental phobia or have difficulty controlling their movements (this includes children).
Many people feel afraid or uncomfortable when they are placed in vulnerable positions like the dental chair, and may experience dental anxiety as a result.
Sleep dentistry is an option for patients who fear dental procedures, fear needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, or have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections.
Sleep dentistry offers pain-free and anxiety-free dental procedures as patients are in a deeply relaxed state, though fully responsive.
Sleep dentistry also provides an opportunity to perform multiple or lengthy dental procedures in one session, minimizing the number of visits a patient has to make and ultimately reducing the build up of anxiety prior to each dental visit.
There are four types of sedatives that are used in sedation dentistry:
- Orally Administered Sedation
- Intravenous (IV) sedation
- Nitrous oxide
- General anesthesia