With the help of Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Minnoch can create a deep level of relaxation and contentment for patients that will help you receive dental care without anxiety.
What is Sedation Dentistry or “Sleep Dentistry”?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called “Sleep Dentistry,” is a safe, gentle option used to help patients relax while they are having dental treatment. Medication will be used but you usually remain awake, unless you opt for a general anesthetic which will make you sleep.
Dr. Minnoch will discuss the sedation options with you so that you can choose the one you prefer and which the doctor feels is best suited to your circumstances:
Oral Sedation: After assessing your anxiety level and talking about your goals for each visit, we can give you a pill of the right dosage to help you relax into a feeling described as a “happy” and “sleepy” state. With oral sedation, you can remain conscious and able to signal and answer questions. Note: You will need to have a friend or relative drive you home.
IV sedation: Intravenous sedation refers to administering the sedative drug directly into a vein. With this advanced method (also known as sleep dentistry), you will reach the desired level of relaxation quicker, and our qualified experts can continually monitor and adjust the level of sedation.
Typically, IV Sedation will help you fall into a deep sleep or you will feel half asleep, yet easily awoken. While you dream away, Dr. Minnoch will work on your oral health and smile aesthetics. You will not sense anxiety or fear because it will feel like you are sleeping in your bed! When done, you will wake up and barely remember anything about the procedure. Note: You will need to have a friend or relative drive you home.
As well as being sedated, Dr. Minnoch will still apply a local anesthetic into your gum so that you will not feel any pain while he works on your teeth.
What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Being sedated while you have dental work completed brings with it many benefits. Your anxiety will be relieved, you will be less aware or totally unaware of the procedure being carried out and your fear will be a thing of the past.
Who should consider Sedation Dentistry?
If the thought of dental treatment fills you with dread, then sedation dentistry is well worth considering. Whether you have a phobia or something less, by allowing your dentist to sedate you, dental treatment can be carried out quickly and efficiently. Talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry if you have problems with any of the following:
A fear of dentists
Low pain threshold
Very sensitive teeth
A gag reflex that causes problems during treatment
Need to have a vast amount of work carried out