Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
It’s not uncommon to have a fear or more severe phobia of visiting the dentist. If you’re finding that you’ve been forgoing treatment for quite a while, it may be time to consider sleep dentistry. We offer a range of sedative options to make your treatment comfortable and relaxed. We safely administer the sedation, monitoring you at all times. It’s considered very safe and is suitable for most members of your family.
Why is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry needed?
Sedation may be needed if you’re fearful or anxious about visiting the office. You may not like the sights, sounds, and even smells associated with dental treatment. Sometimes, you may not have fear but we may recommend sedation to make complicated treatments easier. If you have a major surgery coming up or are undergoing more complex treatment, sedation is essential for allowing us to work efficiently to improve your dental health. It’s ideal for patients of all ages, ensuring your time with us is comfortable and not frightening.
Who is a candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Dr. Ferdkoff can go over your health and medical history to determine if you’d benefit from sedation dentistry. Most people who want sedation can safely have it administered in the office. We offer conscious oral sedation, IV sedation, nitrous oxide, and local anesthetic. Depending on your needs, we can help you to figure out which sedative options are right for you.
What can be expected with Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
When you come in for your appointment we will sit you comfortably in our office. For oral sedation, we’ll provide you with a sedative pill that has to be taken before your appointment. You’ll enter a deeply relaxed and comfortable state, making the procedure easier for you. For nitrous oxide, a small mask is placed over your nose, allowing you to breathe in the sweet-smelling gas. This gas, known as laughing gas, helps you relax while the procedure is being complete. IV sedation is best suited for patients undergoing oral surgery, who need to be put into a sleep-like state for treatment. Sedation of any kind is administered safely, and you are monitored throughout the duration of your procedure.
If you’re interested in sleep dentistry and need an office with extended hours, call us today so that we can schedule an appointment for you to come in.