Sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry, is a broad category of different types of techniques used to make dental work easier for the patient. Laughing gas and oral sedation are two of the most common options for sleep dentistry. Let’s explore the benefits of sleep dentistry so you can decide if it’s right for your treatments.
Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation
Before we explore the benefits, it’s best to understand what the two most popular forms of sedation dentistry are. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is usually administered through a facial mask. It is a form of sedation that you breathe in and feel the effects relatively quickly. You are still conscious during a nitrous oxide treatment and can still respond to questions.
However, your body will likely feel slightly heavy and relaxed. You may feel giggly or happy, but you will feel calm and relaxed. Oral sedation is similar to nitrous oxide, except it is usually taken as a pill. The effects of oral sedation last longer than nitrous oxide, and it will take longer for the effects to wear off.
Benefits of Sleep Dentistry
Helps Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety can get in the way of receiving proper dental care. Thankfully, sleep dentistry can alleviate feelings of anxiety during a procedure. While it will not stop dental anxiety, it can help make treatment more comfortable and tolerable. That way, you can still get the treatment you deserve.
Helps Reduce Gag Reflex
Some people have difficulty with their gag reflex while at the dentist. Thankfully, sedation will relax the muscles and reduce the activity of the central nervous system. This will help reduce your gag reflex and help your procedures be far more comfortable.
Your dentist will ensure that you are properly numbed before any procedure. However, the pressure and occasional nerve twinge can be uncomfortable or anxiety-inducing. Sedation slows down the central nervous system and reduces the sensitivity of your nerves. This allows any discomfort to be diminished.
Sleep dentistry is a tool to help you feel comfortable while improving your dental health. That’s why Pacific Northwest Smiles provides nitrous oxide and oral sedation as options for their treatments. If you’re considering sleep dentistry, contact Pacific Northwest Smiles at 425-357-6400 today.