You may find yourself in a predicament if you need to see a dentist for a dental issue but are too afraid to go to one. Dentists are professionals who know how to take care of all types of oral health problems, but a lot of people have fears and anxiety when it comes to getting a dental procedure done. Fortunately, sleep dentistry can help you if you are one of these individuals.
Sleep dentistry, which is also called sedation dentistry, is the use of medication during a dental procedure to help you relax and remain comfortable. These medications aim to help you relax by taking you into some level of unconsciousness. Sedation comes in several forms, including inhaled sedation, oral sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation, and general anesthesia.
There is also pain-free IV sedation. This method involves putting mild sedatives directly into your bloodstream just before the dental procedure. The sedative works faster than other methods used in sleep dentistry and is more effective in keeping you relaxed.
Depending on how you feel and the type of procedure you are getting done, your dentist may choose to give you a mild, moderate, or deep level of sedation. Under the minimal level, you’ll remain awake and be conscious of your surroundings. Moderate sedation will make you feel drowsy throughout the process, but you will not be completely asleep. Chances are, you will likely not remember much of the procedure afterward. Deep sedation essentially puts you to sleep throughout the procedure, and you will not remember anything afterward.
Whether you need sedation during dental procedures depends on your level of anxiety and apprehension toward treatment and your dentist’s recommendation. Sedation is not just for situations where you are expected to feel pain. It is also beneficial for situations where you feel anxiety and fear of getting a dental procedure done. Sleep dentistry can help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure by eliminating not only the sensation of pain but also your dread of expecting it.
By being somewhat or completely unconscious, you will forget about what’s going on around you, thus relaxing you and alleviating any fears. Sleep dentistry also helps your dentist perform your procedure in the best way possible without having to worry about keeping you calm. Finally, sleep dentistry is not expensive, and many patients can opt to use it without having to worry about a hefty and unaffordable bill.
Dr. Ernie Soto is a cosmetic and family dentist who offers a variety of dental services, including sleep dentistry. We also do dental implants, treatment for gum disease, full mouth reconstruction, and general dentistry. We aim to provide our patients with state-of-the-art orthodontic and dental care while also preserving their comfort.
To make an appointment with Dr. Soto, please give us a call at (954) 368-6264. You may also request an appointment online. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you soon!