You’ve probably heard about sleep dentistry — but if you are like most people, you can’t really identify the difference between that and sedation dentistry. They’re the same, right? Not quite. In this week’s blog post, we compare the difference between sedation and sleep dentistry, and then outline some tips to help you determine which might be best for you. You’ll find both sedation and sleep dentistry from your Sleep Dentists.
What Is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is just what it sounds like. It’s a way for your dentist to work while you rest soundly asleep. By helping you become deeply relaxed throughout any kind of dental procedure, you may find you don’t have any reason at all to dread visiting a sleep dentist. In addition to removing your fear and anxiety, this method also makes it easier for us to work efficiently so you spend less time undergoing dental work overall.
Sleep Dentistry vs. Sedation Dentistry
Sleep dentistry is not the same as sedation dentistry, though they are similar. Options like nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation help you relax throughout your treatment while still technically remaining awake. With the “sleep” approach, though, you go completely to sleep — so you don’t have to worry at all about being bothered by the sights, smells, or sounds of what’s going on around you. And when you wake up, you won’t have any memories of your dental procedure.
At the Sleep Dentists, we offer sedation and sleep dentistry options. Talk to us about which of our services you could benefit from most.
- IV (conscious) sedation: You’re still technically conscious, but relaxed and at ease. Combined with local anesthesia to numb the treatment site.
- General anesthesia: Renders you unconscious so you are not at all involved in your treatment.
Which One Is Right for You?
If you love visiting the dentist and don’t have any trouble reclining in the chair for extended periods of time, then you don’t need sleep OR sedation dentistry. These methods are reserved for people who have mental or physical barriers to receiving the dental treatments that they need in order to enjoy a lifetime of positive oral health.
Sedation dentistry is usually a great option for patients dealing with mild to moderate anxiety undergoing routine dental care — like fillings, extractions, root canals, and other relatively minor procedures.
Because you are put completely to sleep, sleep dentistry is best for people with more severe dental phobias or serious disabilities that make it difficult for them to calmly receive dental care.
You Can Sleep Through Your Next Dental Appointment!
If you or a loved one have seriously struggled when visiting the dentist in the past, please do not hesitate to call the Sleep Dentists to discuss whether or not you can benefit from being put to sleep during your next appointment. Everyone deserves a relaxing dental experience! Contact us to schedule an appointment with the sleep dentists today.