Sleep Dentistry

Why Sleep Dentistry?

We know that patients are frequently nervous about the prospect of seeing the dentist.

Sleep Dentistry itself is a very pleasant and enjoyable experience, and makes the dental experience enjoyable as well. After the first time it is no longer mysterious and unknown. The time in the dental chair seems to pass in the blink of an eye, and subsequent visits are far less stressful.

In fact, many patients report looking forward to seeing the dentist after that – both because the experience of Sleep Dentistry is so relaxing and, most importantly, because they know they are finally getting the dental care they need, but had been putting off for months or even years!

Sleep Dentistry takes the stress and anxiety out of the dental visit so that you can enjoy the benefits of having beautiful healthy teeth once again.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

It is the use of intravenous (“IV”) sedation administered and supervised by a qualified and experienced medical doctor.  It is often referred to as “Twilight Sleep”, “Twilight Sedation” or “Conscious Sedation”.

It is the most advanced form of dental sedation available and uses a combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs to create a drowsy and dream-like state of deep, calming relaxation for the entire duration of your dental procedure.

It is a modern, safe and highly effective technique that will make your visit to the dentist a relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable experience.

What happens during Sleep Dentistry?

When you sit in the dentist’s chair, you will be covered with a warm blanket and a blood pressure cuff will be wrapped around one arm. This will be used to monitor your blood pressure during the procedure.

In the other arm a cannula is gently and quickly inserted. This is the one and only needle you will get and it’s only hair-thin – it’s the same type used for infants and children. We can assure you that it doesn’t hurt – most people are barely aware of it – for others it’s like a small scratch or mosquito-bite! In any event, it isn’t left in the arm – it’s removed immediately and discarded. What’s left in place is the “cannula” – a small plastic port. This allows us to do two things.

  1. It means that repeated doses of the sedation drugs may be given throughout the entire procedure without you having to feel any more needles – the needles go into the cannula and not your skin.
  2. It means that we can give you repeated small doses without ever having to give you large doses. This is what keeps Sleep Dentistry very safe. You are breathing and maintaining your blood pressure on your own without assistance. We will be sitting there at your side the entire time monitoring you with state-of-the-art equipment.

We take our time getting you to the proper, relaxed state. Don’t worry – the dentist will not start anything until you are properly sedated – you won’t even be aware of the injections in the mouth! Slowly and gradually, you will slip into a very pleasant, warm and relaxing dream-like state – not quite awake and not quite asleep. During this time you will be unaware of, and undisturbed by the noises, tastes, sights and smells of the dental procedure, or of the needles, drilling or instruments in the mouth. There is no pain, no anxiety and no discomfort.

Although deep enough to be relaxed, comfortable and unaware, you are still able to cooperate with the dentist when asked. Afterwards, you will drift off again with no recollection of it ever happening. It is an amazing property of Sleep Dentistry that when it is all over, you tend not to remember any of it at all. You are left with a heightened sense of wellbeing. It feels as though you slept right through it and that time has passed by in an instant. In fact you were actually hovering between being awake and being asleep.

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