Sleep Dentistry Can Make You Comfortable Enough for Complex Dental Work

Sleep dentistrySleep Dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry, has provided many people the opportunity to get their teeth worked on without feelings of extreme anxiety or fear in some cases. Many people are afraid of dental work, and virtually no one likes the idea of being in the chair, so having the option of sedation allows those who are most anxious to get the procedures they need to keep their teeth healthy. One piece of advice we always offer is to get sleep dentistry only if you feel like you really need it. We have learned, over the years, a number of psychological calming practices that may be able to get you through less invasive procedures without having a need for sedation.However, if you chose sleep dentistry, then you should know that there are good reasons for choosing sedation, and then there are reasons not to choose to be sedated. Sedation is extremely safe but should still only be used when necessary. Instead, what we ask that you measure is how much anxiety you feel and what your thought process is when getting dental procedures done. If your anxiety is so high that you will not make it through a procedure without stress, there is no reason to not get sedation. Here are a few reasons why you should consider undergoing treatment using sleep dentistry, so that you can make your own informed decision.Chose sedation for some of the following reasons: •    You have extreme amounts of anxiety or fears related to parts of the procedure. For example, some people are deathly afraid of needles and the thought of a needle in their mouth could cause a great deal of stress. Since most dental work involves some kind of shot, having a level of sedation may not be a bad idea if you are hypersensitive. •    You believe that the only way you can make it through a procedure is to be completely “out of it” and hence unaware of anything that is going on. This is usually for people who have an extreme fear of dentistry, and if this is the case, sleep dentistry may definitely be the answer for you. •    You know that despite psychological efforts and even with an extremely empathetic dentist you are going to need a “little more” to help you relax. In this case, you may not pick sleep dentistry, instead opting for laughing gas to help you relax. •    You are going to undergo an invasive and complex procedure. In this case, we almost always recommend undergoing sleep dentistry. Having a complex procedure done can take time and if you have difficulty holding still or relaxing, sleep dentistry can be helpful. In such cases, simply going to sleep and waking up with the procedure complete is often the best idea.There are a variety of ways that the sedation can be administered, so during your consultation we will discuss all of the options and what is recommended for you specifically.  To learn more, call and schedule a consultation. 

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