Sleep dentistry involves sedatives to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures. Your provider may administer the sedative orally, intravenously, or through inhalation. Sunnyvale sleep dentistry is a safe and effective way to help you overcome dental anxiety, fear, or discomfort, allowing you to receive the dental care you need without stress or pain. Sedation dentistry is commonly reserved for complex or lengthy procedures, but it can also be beneficial if you fear needles, have sensitive teeth, or have a strong gag reflex.
Reduces gag reflex
The gag reflex is an involuntary reaction when an object or substance comes into contact with the back of your throat. This reaction can make dental procedures uncomfortable and even prevent you from undergoing certain treatments. Reducing the gag reflex can lead to a more comfortable experience. In addition, by reducing the gag reflex, your dentist can work more efficiently, which can shorten the duration of the procedure, meaning that you spend less time at your dentist’s and can return to your regular activities sooner.
Little or no memory of what happened during the treatment
Having little or no memory of a dental procedure can help reduce your anxiety and fear of future dental appointments. The memory of a traumatic or uncomfortable experience can often trigger anxiety. Not remembering the procedure details makes you less likely to experience anxiety when returning for future appointments. Additionally, if you have a complex or lengthy procedure, not having to remember it can make it feel like it was over quickly and easily. This technique can make your overall experience more pleasant and reduce stress levels, benefiting the dental team.
A sense of calmness
Dental procedures can be stressful for many people; however, with sleep dentistry, you can enter a state of relaxation, which reduces your anxiety levels and helps them feel more comfortable. The sedative induces a state of sedation, which slows down your brain’s activity, making you feel less anxious and more at ease. This sense of calmness allows your dentist to work more efficiently as there is less chance of you moving or experiencing discomfort.
Ability to communicate with the dentist during the procedure
As a patient undergoing dental procedures, it can be daunting and uncomfortable to communicate with your dentist due to the physical limitations of dental procedures, such as having your mouth wide open or having tools inside your mouth. However, sleep dentistry offers a solution to this challenge. Using sedatives allows you to feel more relaxed and comfortable during the procedure, allowing for better communication with your dentist. Furthermore, effective communication with your dentist is crucial for ensuring the success of your dental treatment. Sleep dentistry will enable you to ask questions, express concerns and communicate your preferences to your dentist without feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Your dentist can also offer instructions or guidance more clearly, as you are more relaxed and can understand them better.
Call the Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay and the Silicon Valley office for more information about sedation dentistry, or book an appointment online.