Sleep dentistry is the name that is sometimes used for sedation dentistry. It’s a bit of a misnomer–you’re never really asleep–you are just in a very relaxed state. You are generally aware of your surroundings and able to respond to requests. However, because you are relaxed, your dental anxiety and sensations of discomfort are reduced.
Sleep dentistry may be right for you if:
- You suffer from dental anxiety
- You have a hard time getting numb with local anesthesia
- You get a sore jaw from holding your mouth open during longer procedures
- You have a strong gag reflex
If any of these describe you, then sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry may be right for you. At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer two options for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Oral sedation is a pill you take before coming to the office, which relaxes you. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that is given during your appointment. It can be given as long as your procedure lasts, and recovery is generally quick–you can drive yourself home.
To learn more about sleep dentistry, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today.