Most people associate general anesthesia with a surgical procedure, but for some dental patients, dental care under general anesthesia is the only safe, comfortable way to get the dental care they need. While many dentists offer milder forms of sedation such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and mild oral sedatives, only a few highly trained dental specialists offer dental care under general anesthesia (also called hospital sleep sedation dentistry).
These specially trained dentists provide a complete range of dental care – everything from dental cleanings and check-ups to fillings, root canals, caps, veneers, bridges, and other dental procedures. While dental care under general anesthesia may seem a little “over the top”, the reality is that hospital sleep dentistry provides much needed dental care for patients cannot get the care they need in any other way.
For example, many patients with a developmental disability cannot tolerate dental care in a traditional setting, even with the strongest conscious sedatives. These patients often forgo dental care which seriously compromises their oral health as well as their overall health. Hospital sleep dentistry provides a means for these patients to receive safe, comfortable dental care that helps maintain their oral health and improves their quality of life.
Other patients suffer from uncontrollable dental phobia that is so severe that hospital sleep dentistry is the only way they can receive dental care. Other candidates for hospital sleep dentistry include patients who are allergic to novocaine or who cannot get numb with novocaine or other analgesics. Some patients have medical conditions that make it uncomfortable or even impossible to tolerate dental care in a traditional dental setting.
For all of these patients and more, hospital sleep dentistry offers a solution – safe, anxiety free, comfortable dental care in a hospital operating room under full anesthesia.
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