Why Is It Called “Sleep Dentistry”
“Sleep dentistry” sounds good, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re generally anxious about visiting the dentist or specifically dreading a certain type of dental procedure or treatment, it might be nice to simply “sleep” through it all.
Many patients ask us why it’s called “sleep dentistry,” if you don’t actually go to “sleep.” Also known as “conscious sedation” and “oral sedation,” sleep dentistry is definitely a misnomer. The process involves taking medication that will help you relax during your appointment, and time will tend to pass very quickly, but you won’t actually be sleeping.
The only type of sedation in dentistry that actually puts you to sleep is general anesthesia, also known as IV sedation dentistry.
Some patients who come into our office asking for IV sedation dentistry are pleased to hear that sleep dentistry is also an option. In a free dental consultation, we can discuss your dental health and history and help you decide which type of sedation is right for you.
With both sleep dentistry and IV sedation dentistry, we monitor your vital signs during the full procedure, and you’ll need to have someone drive you home and stay with you while the medication or anesthesia completely wears off.
In our dental office, along with sleep dentistry and IV sedation dentistry, we offer laughing gas / nitrous oxide.
For additional information about sleep dentistry, please call our office, (303) 323-8149, or e-mail email@example.com.
Please make note: Our dental office is located in the heart of Lone Tree, just west of Park Meadows Mall. We’re off C-470 and Quebec, and we share a parking lot with Kohl’s.