What is Sleep Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a broad and often confusing term that includes any type of sedation used in dentistry. The two types of sedation available are conscious sedation (awake) and unconscious sedation (asleep).
Conscious sedation dentistry involves using oral pills or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which will make you feel drowsy but should not put you to sleep which has many difficulties.
Unconscious sedation dentistry involves the use of I.V. sedation or general anesthesia which produces complete sleep during which you will be free of pain and will have no memory of the procedure.
Time, energy and money may be reduced by this method of treatment versus putting it off and possibly incurring future emergency care, avoidable pain and suffering as well as a compromised quality of life. Anesthesia care during dentistry in an outpatient setting provides for a quick recovery with a minimum of inconvenience!