Sedation & Sleep Dentistry in Darch
Reduce your dental anxiety with sleep dentistry
At Darch Dental Centre, we offer sleep dentistry options to help reduce your anxiety and make your visit more comfortable. Sleep dentistry, also called sedation dentistry, is the process of calming a patient’s anxiety before dental procedures using sedatives. Sedatives can be administered by inhalation (nitrous oxide), orally (oral sedation), or intravenously (IV sedation). These methods each provide benefits such as relaxation or decreased sensitivity. We have a variety of techniques that we use to help calm patients or make them feel more at ease. When you feel at ease, we can work more efficiently and complete your dental care in fewer appointments.
Benefits of Sleep Dentistry
- Among the most beneficial aspects of sleep dentistry is the reduction of dental anxiety. With sleep dentistry, you can feel more comfortable getting the dental care you need.
- Sedatives and anaesthetics prevent the brain from registering pain. Everyone can enjoy pain-free dental care with sleep dentistry.
- Patients with a sensitive gag reflex, a fear of needles, or a low pain threshold may also benefit from sleep dentistry. Sleep dentistry eliminates these issues, which could hinder a patient’s treatment.
- When under an effective anaesthetic and sedative, a patient will not wriggle in the dental chair as the dentist works. Our dentists will be able to work more quickly and efficiently since they will not have to worry about your reaction to the treatment.
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FAQ's About Sleep Dentistry
The following people are good candidates for sleep dentistry:
- Patients who are nervous or anxious about going through dental procedures or visiting the dentist (dental anxiety)
- Patients with oversensitive gag reflexes
- Patients who fear needles
- Those whose teeth are extremely sensitive
- People who feel claustrophobic in the dental chair
- Patients who are less sensitive to local anaesthesia
- Patients who have trouble controlling their movements
- Patients with special needs (cognitive, behavioural, or physical)
Occasionally, children who are frightened of the dentist or refuse to cooperate are given sedation. We recommend nitrous oxide for children as it is relatively safe for them.
Your dentist may use a sedative or combination of sedatives to help you relax for your dentist appointment. During your appointment, you will be given sedatives such as nitrous gas, oral sedatives, or IV sedation to reduce anxiety and pain sensitivity.
The sedative enters your body as soon as it is administered by the dentist, causing you to feel calm and relaxed. Additionally, you may feel heavy in your arms and legs. Within a few minutes, you will be numb enough to feel no pain, allowing the dentist to perform the necessary dental procedure.
Almost any procedure can be sedated, from complex procedures to dental cleanings and tooth whitening. A sedative may be used to relieve anxiety and ease the pain associated with dental procedures. If you’re interested in sleep dentistry, it would be best to talk to your dentist. As each patient is unique, your dentist can help determine which sedation option is best for you. Some common procedures requiring sedation include:
It is not recommended to undergo sleep dentistry if you are:
- Allergic to sedatives
- Suffering from a central nervous system dysfunction
- A person with glaucoma
- Severely resistant to medications
- With uncontrolled respiratory or cardiac conditions
Dental sedation has varying side effects based on the type of anaesthetic used. Each individual responds to sedation differently as well. Sedatives and medications used for general anesthesia can have these side effects:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Shivering or sweating
- Delirium, hallucinations, or confusion
- Pain at the injection site
- Slurring of speech
- Sore throat
- Dry mouth
There may be short-term side effects associated with child sedation dentistry, including irritability, snoring, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Some children may not wake up right away. Your child will be monitored by your dentist at the dental clinic for a few hours if this occurs. These side effects should go away after a few days. For more information, contact your dentist.