Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the sleep disorders treated by a sleep dentist. This condition causes the patient to stop breathing periodically during the night due to physical inhibitions in the air passages. To diagnose the condition, the sleep dentist will evaluate the signs and symptoms and conduct tests and examinations. This article…
Indications That Sleep Dentistry is Right For You
We are a sleep dentistry provider – something that you may want to consider. This is a unique form of dentistry and most dental offices do not offer it. As a standard rule of thumb, a dentist office will use medication to numb the area of the mouth on which they are working. This medication is injected into the gums and lasts throughout the procedure. A smaller group of dentists will also offer sedation. This is typically a pill that is taken before the procedure begins in order to relieve anxiety and stress. Since sedation does not stop the pain, it is used in combination with the numbing of portions of the mouth. Even fewer dentists offer sleep dentistry, where dental work is performed while the patient is comfortably resting. If this is the type of care that you are looking for, we encourage you to give us a call.
Sleep dentistry may be right for you if….
You have been avoiding the dentist due to anxiety. We understand that dental anxiety is very real and that it impacts millions of adults. The degree that it impacts people is often dependent upon why they became anxious in the first place. Some are afraid of the dental drill or the noise that it makes. Others had a negative experience where something went wrong, and some are simply afraid due to folklore and Hollywood movies. In many of these cases, the anxiety is minor enough to be addressed with an oral sedative; and after taking it, the patient can sit still for the dental procedure. However, there is a group of people that still cannot tolerate sitting in the dental chair to have work completed. In this case, sleep dentistry is the only way to receive much needed dental care and to have important procedures completed. If you are in this situation, do not put off receiving the care that you need. Leaving an infection or cavity untreated can lead to even greater health problems down the road, making it necessary to receive care without delay.
You need to have something done surgically. If you are having a procedure where your gums will be cut open or a large portion of enamel needs to be removed from your teeth, you may want to consider sleep dentistry. These procedures take longer than normal to complete so it requires the patient to be comfortable sitting in the dental chair for prolonged periods of time, potentially hours. Also, the procedures are more invasive and can produce discomfort. However, if you are sound asleep, you will not feel discomfort, anxiety or irritation. The process will seem to go by in the blink of an eye and you will wake up only when it is time to recover. An example of this being useful is when we are placing dental implants. This is a procedure to replace missing teeth in which a metal post is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone. While an incredibly effective procedure, it takes time, especially if multiple teeth are being replaced. Fortunately, sleep dentistry makes the process entirely comfortable.