Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
Floss and Gloss Dental located in Bedford, Texas!
What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Visiting the dentist can often be a stressful and frightening event for many patients. Bad past experiences and a fear of the unknown can often be the catalyst for avoiding regular preventative care. Regardless of your fears and how long it’s been since your last appointment, we aim to make your time with us as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer a variety of sedative options so that you can feel calm while your treatment is being administered.
Why would Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry be needed?
One of the major issues with having a fear or phobia of the dental office is that some patients forgo treatment altogether to avoid the anxiety that comes with visiting the dentist. The longer you put off care, the worse your dental problems become. Eventually, you need more and more treatment in order to rectify the issue and get your teeth into a healthy state. This is why sedation dentistry is so beneficial, as it helps to calm you down enough to come in for care.
Who is a candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Sedation is carefully administered and monitored throughout your entire appointment. In fact, sedatives can be beneficial and safe for both pediatric and adult patients. We will go over your health and medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry and if so, the best sedative for your needs. You can request sedation at any dental appointment that you have.
What happens during the process of Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
We offer several different types of sedatives to meet your needs. Oral sedation involves a small, easy-to-swallow pill that you’ll take before your appointment. The pill is designed to help calm and relax you enough to sit for treatment. Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is ideal for children and adults who want to relax while treatment is being done. This involves placing a small mask over the nose and instructing you to breathe in the sweet-smelling fumes. IV sedation is typically needed for patients undergoing oral surgery.
If you would like to learn more about sedatives and sleep dentistry, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.