An Introduction to Sleep Dentistry

Maintaining the integrity of your teeth is not only crucial for having a beautiful and radiant smile, but it is also essential for optimal oral health. Scheduling biannual check-up appointments and seeking preventative dental treatments are vital for proper oral care. However, going to the dentist can be frightening to those who have had painful or intense experiences, and it is common for that fear to prevent patients from obtaining the dental services they need. Sleep dentistry can reduce the nervousness associated with visiting the dentist by helping patients relax during their treatment.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry can help alleviate dental anxieties using general anesthesia. This anesthetic renders patients completely asleep during their procedure, ensuring the most comfortable and painless experience possible. Depending on the personal preference and condition of the patient, patients may be candidates for general anesthesia or sedative medication. Some patients want to be completely asleep during dental procedures, but some opt for mild sedation to help them relax. At The Palisades Dentists, we have several sedation options, including sleep dentistry, and provide the most comfortable environment for our patients.

Who Can Benefit from Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is not for everyone, but it can be quite beneficial for a wide range of dental patients. In general, anyone who experiences high levels of anxiety during dental treatment may qualify for sleep dentistry. Children, individuals with special needs, and those who have had traumatic experiences with the dentist can likely benefit from sleep dentistry services so that they can receive the care they need. You may want to consider sleep dentistry for your next major dental procedure if any of the following conditions are preventing you from seeking the treatment you require:

  • Dental phobia
  • Overly sensitive nerves
  • Anxiety disorder
  • White Coat Syndrome

To find out if you are a good candidate for sleep dentistry or to acquire more information about this service, please call the Palisades Dentists at 310.459.2303.