For some patients, the fear of visiting the dentist is so acute that it can prevent them from getting the care they need. Even patients who don’t normally experience severe anxiety may need help relaxing for certain procedures.
Fortunately, sedation options are available to help nervous patients feel more relaxed and comfortable. To learn how sleep dentistry can help you get the care you need with none of the fear or discomfort, please contact Fantastic Smiles today at832-862-1111 to schedule your sleep dentistry consultation with one of our Houston dentists.
What is sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry, a kind of sedation dentistry, is dental care that combines traditional dental procedures with intravenously (IV) administered anesthesia. While sedation dentistry usually makes use of orally administered sedatives that leave a patient conscious enough to respond to the dentist’s instructions, sleep dentistry induces a deeper level of sedation.
Why might I want sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry helps patients deeply relax during their dental procedures. Sedation and sleep dentistry are particularly helpful for patients who experience the following:
●Debilitating fear of the dentist’s chair
●Inadequate response to local anesthetic to numb areas for treatment
●Hyperactive gag reflexes
While sedation dentistry is a suitable treatment for most patients with dental phobias, sleep dentistry is an option for those who don’t fully respond to oral sedatives. Furthermore, sleep dentistry is the preferred approach for patients who are undergoing surgery like dental implant placement, or for those whose treatment is expected to last for a long period of time.
What can I expect?
The only difference between sleep dentistry and an unsedated procedure is that a licensed anesthesiologist is present to administer and monitor an IV anesthetic. As with other types of surgical procedures, you’ll slip into sleep before we begin, and you’ll wake up when it’s all over. We’ll evaluate your medical history and physical health during your initial consultation to make sure that you’re healthy enough to receive the IV sedative.
Sleep dentistry has revolutionized the way that dentists treat patients who experience acute anxiety at the thought of the dentist’s chair. To learn whether sleep dentistry is right for you, please call Fantastic Smiles today at832-862-1111 to arrange your sleep dentistry appointment with one of our Top Houston dentists.