You may have heard about sleep dentistry, but just assumed that it was only a special service available to the most anxious of dental patients, reserved for cases of severe treatment needs. That isn’t the case! Sleep dentistry is available to almost any dental patient, and can greatly reduce your nervousness or anxiety associated with the dental care that you need to have completed.
Whether it’s having your teeth cleaned, a few fillings, or dental implant therapy, sleep dentistry can allow you to have as much or as little treatment that you like completed in just one appointment. All you need is a friend or family member who is able to come with you to your appointment, and drive you back home afterward.
There are typically 2 types of sleep dentistry methods. One is through an orally administered medication that is taken prior to the appointment. You will take the first dose approximately one hour before your treatment. It creates a sensation of sleepiness and relaxation. If needed, you will take a second dose at the time of your treatment (but many people don’t need it.) While you’ll be able to respond to simple questions, you most likely won’t know what’s going on or even remember the visit.
The other type of sedation involves IV delivered medications that bring you into a sleep at the time of the treatment. This type of sedation is quickly reversed as soon as the treatment is completed, leaving you just a little drowsy.
If you’re curious about sleep dentistry or think it may be something that you’d like during your necessary care, contact your dentist to discuss which method is best for you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman
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