Sleep Dentistry

Does the thought of visiting the dentist make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather manage the excruciating dental pain you feel than step foot in a dentist’s office? Dental anxiety can be a huge obstacle to getting proper dental care from a professional dentist but you don’t have to fear anymore. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we offer relaxing and anxiety-free dental treatments using sedatives to our patients who have a dental phobia. This way, you can find peace of mind in the dental chair and enjoy comfort while getting high quality dental care from us.

What is sleep dentistry?

 Sleep dentistry (also known as sedation dentistry) is a dental technique that involves the use of medication to help you relax during dental procedures.
 The sedation is commonly done for patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance and strong gag reflexes.
 Although it is called sleep dentistry, patients are often awake with exception of those under general anesthesia.
 That means you will still be aware of your surroundings.
 The goal is to help ease your dental anxiety, taking stress out of your dental visit.

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry exists in four different forms but they all help you receive oral care without stress or discomfort.

Laughing gas
This is the most common type of oral sedation and it involves the use of nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. The gas is mixed with oxygen and administered via a face mask. You will be awake during the procedure but with minimal anxiety.

Oral conscious sedation
This type of sedation comes in the form of a pill or liquid that you take orally. We offer this option to anxious patients or patients who need large number of procedures done during a single visit. Oral sedation removes the anxiety about dental work without putting you to sleep.

IV conscious sedation
Intravenous (IV) sedation is another form of conscious sedation wherein the sedative is directly injected into your vein. It minimizes feelings of discomfort or anxiety and can even respond to verbal commands.

General anesthesia
General anesthesia is a form of sedation dentistry that puts you to sleep for the entire duration of the dental work. If you’re particularly fearful or anxious, this option may be right for you as it lets you get the dental care you need without any stress or discomfort.

Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

If you are afraid of visiting a dentist even though you know that you need dental care from a professional, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. However, you will need to first obtain clearance from a dentist by scheduling a consultation. During the consultation, we will do a thorough assessment of your medical history before proceeding. In some cases, we may also ask you to receive medical clearance from your physician too.

Is sleep dentistry safe?

There’s always a risk in getting anesthesia but they are usually minimal when given by an experienced dentist. If you are obese or you have obstructive sleep apnea, sedation may not be right for you as there’s a high risk of complications. But generally, sleep dentistry can be a great solution for those with dental phobia.

What are the advantages of sleep dentistry?

  Minimized anxiety during dental treatments
  Reduced discomfort during dental procedures
  Compatible with most dental treatments

Get dental treatments without stress or discomfort today!

Dental anxiety doesn’t have to stop you from receiving treatments you need. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we offer sleep dentistry to ease your anxiety and promote your comfort. Contact us today to book an appointment.

What to do next?

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sleep dentistry, and find out which sleep dentistry method may be right for you.Book your free consultation at BrightCrafts Dental․ BOOK ONLINE or call (818) 237-1010․

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