Sleep dentistry safely and comfortably sedates patients who face severe anxiety at the mere thought of going to the dentist. Since patients are sedated, they won’t experience the fear they often associate with many types of dental procedures.
With the help of sedatives administered at different levels to meet your needs, you’ll feel relaxed during your appointment, and when you’re finished, you won’t remember much of the treatment.
A lot of people avoid seeing a dentist because they fear any kind of dental work, ranging from routine cleanings to more involved procedures. Sleep and sedation dentistry can make your appointments easier to handle, leaving you with an easy and comfortable dental visit.
The Advantages of Sleep Dentistry
Some people are very afraid of dental work, so sedation dentistry makes it easier for them to get the dental care they need. One of the major advantages is relaxation, and since you’ll be sedated during the treatment, you won’t experience any fear.
A sizeable percentage of people who need dental work don’t get the help they need because they have a dental phobia. Sleep dentistry allows you to relax, and it eliminates feelings of fear and stress.
Another advantage of sedation dentistry is comfort. All dental work is much more comfortable when you’re calm and relaxed.
For example, many patients have TMJ and find it difficult to keep their jaw open for long periods of time. Since you’ll be sedated during the treatment, you don’t have to worry about keeping your jaw open, and you’ll enjoy better overall comfort.
More Control Over Movement
A major advantage of sleep dentistry is more control over movements. It’s not uncommon for patients to have medical conditions that cause involuntary movement.
All types of dental procedures are harder to perform when the patient is constantly moving around, a problem that sleep dentistry can easily solve. Once you’re sedated, your movement will stop, and it will be much easier for us to work on your teeth.
Reduced Gag Reflex
A lot of people have a strong gag reflex. For these individuals, it can be difficult to sit through long dental procedures. This problem can become even worse if you already have anxiety about visiting the dentist. If you’re sedated, the reflex is controlled, and you’ll be able to sit through long treatments. If you’ve ever experienced a strong urge to throw up or choke while receiving dental care, then you would likely be able to benefit from sleep dentistry.
Many patients choose to be asleep when receiving dental care because they don’t want to remember the treatment. Sedation will cause you to forget most of the details, which is especially important for people who become uneasy at the mere thought of fillings and extractions.
Sleep dentistry is great for patients who have a strong dental phobia, and it’s just as useful for patients who don’t. If you think sleep and sedation dentistry could benefit you, we would be glad to help you learn more about it at Cascades Center for Dental Health. Contact our office in Sterling to schedule your first appointment and get started!