Sleep dentistry for high-anxiety patients
Does thinking of having your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office fill your body with fear? Would you rather stick with your toothache than step your foot in the dentist’s office? Don’t worry. It’s not just you. There are actually lots of people scared about going to see the dentist that they prefer to not have any treatment done.
Sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry, involves receiving comprehensive dental treatment in a dental or hospital setting under IV sedation administered by a licensed anesthesiologist, M.D., while the dentist provides the dental treatment. The best candidates for this procedure are dental-phobic patients who experience high-anxiety when undergoing any type of dental treatment. It is also beneficial for patients with disorders, such as a hyperactive gag reflex. Sedation can be used for all types of dental procedures, ranging from invasive procedures to simple teeth cleaning. How the procedure is used normally depends on the severity of the fear in patients.
The following are common types of sedation used in dentistry.
- Inhaled minimal sedation
- Oral sedation
- IV moderate sedation
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia
Are you scared to be awake for dental treatment?
People who have had negative experiences at the dentist are more inclined to receive dental treatment under sedation. Good oral health is an important factor of overall health, so if you are hesitant to receive dental work due to anxiety, fear of pain, etc., please contact Studio Dental Care’s sleep dentist Dr. Alexander Ash for a consultation and to have his professional staff address any questions or concerns you may have. Studio Dental Care is a leader in sleep dentistry. Dr. Ash will also be able to answer questions, such as how much does sedation dentistry cost, what are side effects of sedation dentistry, and other concerns related to the procedure.