Many people get nervous and anxious about their visit to our dental clinic for their treatment. But fret not - our sleep dentistry helps you overcome all the fears about your dental procedure and ensures that you stay calm and comfortable throughout the treatment. Nowadays, sleep dentistry has become an immensely popular dental service worldwide.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry or conscious sedation is a procedure where we use a sedative or combination of sedatives after the consultation with our anesthesiologist to help you relax for your dental appointment. Our anesthesiologist proposes different approaches that reduce your pain sensitivity as well as anxiety during the procedure. Your dental visit becomes less fearful and more relaxing.
What are the Types of Conscious Sedation?
Minimal or anxiolysis sedation is where you are conscious and able to respond to us, but at the same time, you feel calm and composed.
Moderate sedation makes you feel sleepy and responsive. It makes you fade in and out of consciousness while we treat your teeth.
In deep sedation, you are mostly asleep and can be woken if required.
How Does Sleep Dentistry Feel?
Sleep dentistry intends to put you at ease throughout the treatment. After discussing a suitable form of sedation with our anesthesiologist and administering the sedation, you feel relaxed, calm, and groggy. It takes away all the stress and anxiety concerning the treatment.
Here is how you may feel after we administer you the common forms of sedation:
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This type of sedation may make you feel as if you are smelling grapes or any other fruit. You feel very calm, comfortable, and relaxed. Some patients also feel tingling in their legs and arms and experience a euphoric feeling. This sedation slows your time of reaction and reduces your sensitivity to pain.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
It gives you a deeper sense of relief and relaxation. In most cases, you feel drowsy and also have difficulty speaking. It dulls your coordination and reflexes and also makes you feel heavy. You may also feel time passing faster.
Our anesthesiologist may suggest IV sedation for a more time-consuming or serious procedure. This sedation gives you a deeper sense of sedation than the other two forms. You may experience a deep state of relaxation as well as difficulty staying awake. Unlike general anesthesia, you are still conscious but do not feel the pain at all.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Flanders, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (973) 927-8800 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.