Asberger’s Syndrome is a type of autism that is characterized by poorly developed social skills, obsessive or repetitive behavior, and some physical clumsiness. People with Asberger’s can exhibit combative behavior and can suffer from increased anxiety levels. It can be difficult for people with Asberger’s to tolerate even routine dental procedures in a traditional dental office environment. Non-routine dental procedures are even more problematic.
An excellent alternative to traditional dental care for Asberger’s patients is sleep and sedation dentistry. In this specialized area of dentistry, various levels of sedation are used to help the patient remain calm and relaxed during the procedure. Sleep and sedation dentistry has proven to provide a safe, painless, and anxiety free means for Asberger’s patients to receive high quality dental care.
Dentists who practice sleep and sedation dentistry have additional training in sedation techniques. They choose from a range of sedation levels to fit the needs of each case. In some cases, a mild oral or intravenous sedative is administered in the dental office that places the patient in a drowsy, sleep like state. Referred to as conscious sedation, the patient usually falls asleep during the procedure but can be awoken and can respond to questions. The patient feels no pain or discomfort and rarely even remembers the procedure.
Other cases may require a deeper level of unconscious sedation under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed in a hospital operating room and a qualified anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia and monitors the patient while the sleep and sedation dentist performs the dental procedures. Full sedation is often the most safe and effective way to provide quality dental care to Asberger’s patients and others who cannot tolerate traditional dental care.
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