Do You Dread Dental Visits? Try Sleep Dentistry!

Patient with fear of dental workIf you dread going to the dentist, there’s a chance you might have dentophobia – the fear of dentists or dental work. This phobia can stem from negative past dental experiences, but you don’t have to let your fear stop you from achieving optimal dental health. In Pinole, CA, dentists from Craig J. Healy, DDS recommend sleep dentistry to help their skittish patients get the dental work they need.

What is sleep dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is simply using sedatives to help calm patients during dental procedures. This means the patient is unaware of any sounds, smell, sight, anxiety, and discomfort. Sedation dentistry also makes long, complex procedures more bearable for both the dentist and the patient. Furthermore, dentists can complete multiple procedures in one visit.

Is sleep dentistry for everyone?

Sedation dentistry is safe for both adults and children. However, an anesthetist must first ascertain if you’re medically fit for sedation. Generally, these are the ideal candidates for sleep dentistry:

  • People who have zero pain tolerance
  • When you want the dentist to carry out multiple procedures in a single visit
  • If you get extremely nervous about upcoming appointments to the point of delaying them
  • If for one reason or another you’re unable to open your mouth for a prolonged period of time
  • If you can’t stand the thought of instruments in your mouth

Sedation methods

There are four options of sedation dentistry. These include conscious moderate sedation, minimal or anxiolytic, general anesthesia, and deep sedation. Your dentist can decide on which method is best for you depending on the reason for the dental visit, age, gender and other factors. General anesthesia works just as well for simple procedures.

With sleep dentistry, you can now have anxiety-free experiences when you go for your oral procedures. Remember, dental issues become worse when you fail to address them immediately. Ask your dentist about using sedatives and ditch that habit of postponing appointments.