Sleep dentistry is a ground breaking treatment to be offered to patients. Sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry, means that a patient will undergo dental treatment whilst under Intra-Venous Sedation. This means the patient will be in a semi-conscious state and able to interact with staff but will quickly forget about the procedure.
So what are the benefits of sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is ideal for patients who suffer from anxiety. Many patients have a phobia about visiting the dentist but sleep dentistry can help with that. Knowing that they are going to be sedated throughout any examination or treatment helps the patient avoid those pre-appointment nerves.
Sleep dentistry can also assist the dentist. Patients who are under sedation are more likely to be co-operative with the dentist, making it easier for the dentist to carry out his treatment. Sedation also allows for longer dental appointments meaning the dentist can carry out more work in one go.
By offering the patient sleep dentistry, more complicated procedures can be carried out at the dental surgery rather than a hospital. Bone grafting would normally be carried out under general anesthetic but sedation dentistry provides an alternative.
Patients who undergo sleep dentistry will not be able to eat or drink for at least six hours before the treatment. They will also need to allow for a little recovery time after the appointment. Patients cannot drive after the procedure and so should ensure somebody can pick them up. Side effects are minimal although some patients may experience nausea after the sedation wears off. It is advisable to drink plenty of water after the treatment.
The recovery of patients opting for sleep dentistry seems to be much improved than patients using traditional anesthetics. It is widely thought that this is due to the patient being relaxed during treatment and the dentist therefore using less pressure.