What is Sleep Dentistry? Is it Safe?
Sleep dentistry is the practice of using various levels of sedation to ensure the comfort of patients during dental procedures. Depending on your preference of sedation level, you will have limited memory of the treatment, in most cases – none at all. Many patients with dental anxiety choose a balance that will keep them awake, while also lowering their anxiety to a manageable level, allowing them to complete the appointment with minimal stress.
This service is completely safe, as our staff is professionally trained and certified in administering sedatives to provide the exact level of comfort preferred. Even when stronger sedation is needed, we guarantee your safety throughout the whole procedure. If you have any questions, our team will happily explain all relevant information on whether sleep dentistry is right for you.
Benefits of Sleep Dentistry
Comfort is one of our top priorities at North Centre Dental. Patients who are anxious or come in for more in-depth procedures like wisdom teeth removal or implant placement often request sedation to eliminate their anxiety. This service is also used for children, to add an extra level of relaxation during their appointments. Certain procedures can be stressful for children of a young age, which is why sleep dentistry is particularly advantageous for them.
How are Sedatives Administered?
Sedatives can be administered in a variety of ways, depending on the level of sedation you prefer. At our office, we offer oral sedatives and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Your medical history will also influence which method of administration is optimal for you.
Our team sometimes combines multiple methods of delivery. For example, an oral sedative paired with nitrous oxide can make you groggy enough to fall asleep during the procedure, and is designed to blur your memory. Some patients report not remembering their procedure at all. No matter what your preferred comfort level is, we can provide sedation to perfectly match it.
Levels of Sedation
This level of sedation eliminates the anxiety you may feel while at the dentist. You will remain awake during the procedure without feeling any discomfort that results from treatment. Moderate sedation is achieved through the use of either nitrous oxide or an oral sedative before the appointment.
With moderate sedation, you can expect to drift in-and-out of sleep but are conscious enough to cooperate with basic instructions. After the procedure, most patients do not remember much of the treatment that was performed. This level is attained through the combination of nitrous oxide and an oral sedative.
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