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Can You Sleep Through Dental Treatment?

Sedation dentistry is a great way to improve your next dental treatment experience. However, “sleep” dentistry doesn’t mean you will be unconscious. You may not even fall asleep, at all.

What does sleep dentistry really mean, then?

Sedation in the Dental Office

Dentists can sedate their patients with laughing gas, an oral medication, or an IV drip. All of these methods deliver different levels of light to moderate sedation. Dental sedation is different from the general anesthesia that knocks people out for major surgery. The medication your dentist provides will simply help you relax and stay calm, but it doesn’t actually make you sleep.

What You Really Experience with Sleep Dentistry

The sedatives can have an amnesic effect which makes you forget most of what happened during the treatment process. You may come out of a dental sedation appointment feeling a bit disoriented as if you just “woke up.”

“Sleep” dentistry doesn’t mean that you’ll actually fall asleep. Some patients do naturally doze off due to the relaxing effect of dental sedation. Typically, however, you should be alert during your dental sedation treatment. You’ll be able to answer questions and move or respond to directions the dentist gives you.

Is “Sleeping” During Your Dental Treatment Right for You?

Dental sedation is ideal for patients who:

  • Have a fear of dental treatment
  • Have difficulty sitting still in the dental chair
  • Need to have an extensive dental procedure or multiple treatments in one appointment

Sedation is usually safe for all kinds of dental patients. To find out whether sedatives can have a positive effect on your next dental experience, schedule an appointment with a local sedation dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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