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“Sleep Dentistry” – How it Works

Have you seen billboards and Internet advertisements for “sleep dentistry?”

Is it a real thing? Is it effective? Is it safe? Is it for you?

Getting some answers and understanding how “sleep dentistry” works could change your dental experiences for the better.

Really “Sleeping?”

The word “sleep” might conjure up images of resting peacefully unaware in a cozy bed. Or you might think of how veterinary dentists have to drug their furry patients into total unconsciousness!

The reality, however, is that you receive a prescription for a sedative that lowers your anxiety and awareness during treatment time. You’ll stay conscious, but you’ll be in such a fog that you may not remember anything that happened during the procedure.

You will even be able to answer questions and respond to commands, but again, you probably won’t remember doing that! This is why sedation dentistry can be casually referred to as “sleep dentistry.”

A local anesthetic will also be used during treatment so that you don’t feel any discomfort.

The Benefits

Sedation or “sleep” dentistry is great for:

  • Patients with dental anxiety
  • Lengthy or complicated treatment sessions
  • Patients who have a hard time cooperating and understanding why they need treatment (such as very young children)

Safe and Effective

While there is always a measure of risk associated with any anesthetic technique, careful planning will minimize your risk. Plan well in advance for a sedation appointment by communicating with both your doctor and dentist.

You can find out more about the sedation and anxiety-management techniques available in your area by talking with your local dentist. Schedule a consultation specifically to learn more about how your next dental appointment will be a comfortable one.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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