Sleep Dentistry

What is Sleep Dentistry? Is it Safe?

Sleep Dentistry is the practice of using various levels of sedation to ensure your comfort during dental procedures. Many patients with dental anxiety choose a sedation balance that will keep them awake, while also lowering their anxiety to a manageable level, allowing them to complete the appointment with minimal stress. You will have limited memory of the treatment, in most cases – none at all, depending on your preference of sedation level.

This service is completely safe, as our staff is professionally trained and certified in administering sedatives to provide the exact level of comfort preferred. If you have any questions, our team will happily explain all relevant information on whether sleep dentistry is right for you.

Benefits of Sleep Dentistry

Patients who are anxious or come in for more in-depth procedures like wisdom teeth removal or implant placement often request sedation to eliminate their anxiety. This service is also used for children, to add an extra level of relaxation during their appointments. Comfort is one of our top priorities at Railway City Dental, which is why we offer sedation to simplify treatments for every patient.

How are Sedatives Administered?

We offer oral sedatives and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at our office. These can be administered in a variety of ways depending on your preference. Your medical history will also influence which method is optimal for you.

To achieve the perfect sedation level, our team sometimes combines multiple delivery methods. For example, an oral sedative paired with nitrous oxide can make you groggy enough to fall asleep during the procedure, and is designed to blur your memory. Some patients report not remembering their procedure at all.

Levels of Sedation

Mild Sedation

This level of sedation eliminates the anxiety you may feel while at the dentist. This is achieved through the use of either nitrous oxide or an oral sedative before the appointment. You will remain awake during the procedure without feeling any discomfort that results from treatment.

Moderate Sedation

With moderate sedation, you can expect to be conscious enough to cooperate with basic instructions but will drift in-and-out of sleep. This level is attained through the combination of nitrous oxide and an oral sedative. After the procedure, most patients do not remember much of the treatment that was performed.