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December 23, 2014

Sleep Dentistry Vs Sedation Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

124811533Do you suffer from dental fear and anxiety? No matter what your degree of dental fear, The Sleep Dentists have a sleep or sedation solution. Methods include: oral conscious sedation, inhalation sedation, and intravenous (IV) sleep sedation. These three techniques enable fearful patients to receive the dental care necessary to maintain a healthy and confident smile. The Sleep Dentists will work with you to find the level of sedation that’s most appropriate for you. Make your next dental appointment with the trusted Sleep and Sedation Dentistry of Plantation, FL. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced sleep and sedation dentistry experts. The Sleep Dentists proudly restore smiles daily to fearful patients throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is the most powerful sedation option, reserved for patients who could not otherwise undergo any dental treatment. This level of dental sedation is administered through IV or inhalation and refers to the use of anesthetics to render apprehensive patients completely unconscious during treatment. Unlike other sedation methods, you will be completely unaware of your surroundings, making the use of local anesthetics unnecessary. This general anesthesia may cause your airway to close, so patients may need assistance with breathing. This method of sedation is generally reserved for oral surgery, but can be used whenever necessary. The next level down from general anesthesia is deep sedation, which refers to a state between unconscious and conscious sedation. Patients in this state will not be able to respond to commands with consistency and may need some assistance with breathing.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is typically the lighter form of sedation reserved for mildly apprehensive patients. Moderate dental sedation can refer to oral conscious sedative, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or IV sedation. These methods induce conscious sedation, where you are awake and able to respond to commands, but remain in a state of extreme relaxation. Oral sedative medications, such as diazepam, are typically given thirty minutes to an hour before your appointment starts. However, oral conscious sedatives don’t block pain, so a local anesthetic will also need to be administered.

How severe is your dental fear?

Dental anxiety is relative and can vary from mild nervousness to severe dental phobia. For the latter, every dental appointment can be a horrific experience. People with severe dental phobias are terrified and panic-stricken at the very mention of dental treatment. If they are forced to see a dentist, they usually do not sleep well the night before or become sick in the office waiting area. This level of fear causes many patients to put off dental treatment for years at a time, ultimately resulting in poor oral health and tooth loss. Dental phobias can significantly diminish quality of life as many of these patients can lack self-confidence because of problems with tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, bad breath, and neglected smiles.

Fort Lauderdale Sleep Dentistry Appointments

If you suffer from dental fear and phobia, you’re not alone. Tens of millions of Americans have the same concerns. But no matter how much you fear dental work, The Sleep Dentists have a sedation solution for you. Whether you require a mild sedative or full general anesthesia, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer have the effective sedation dentistry techniques to accommodate your needs. Make your next dental appointment with the trusted Sleep and Sedation Dentistry of Plantation, FL. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced sleep and sedation dentistry experts. The Sleep Dentists proudly serve families daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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