Types of sleep dentistry:
Sleep dentistry is done to help patients to be eased and relaxed during treatment. It is also known as “sedation dentistry”. It provides some required disengagement so that your dentist can do their work carefully. When you are promised that you will be provided comfort, it will include sedation techniques, ensuring the stress free treatment. Patients are normally awake under the application of general anesthesia. The levels of sedation are mentioned below:
- Minimal level of sedation_ you may awake but feel relaxed.
- Conscious or moderate level of sedation_ you may not remember anything
- Deep level of sedation_ you are awakened but on the edge of consciousness.
- General Anesthesia_ a complete unconscious stage.
Normally, there are three types of sleep dentistry such as, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is a common and popular type of sedation which is also known as “laughing gas”. It combined with oxygen with the help of mask which will be placed over your nose. The calming effect appears after breathing in the gas. This anesthesia helps you to be relaxed and comfortable. Your dentist can control the level of sedation. Once the mask is removed, you will be able to go back to your normal routines.
- Oral sedation: Oral medicines are prescribed by the dentist before the dental treatment. Oral sedation is an excellent option for those who have fear of needles. It provides moderate level of sedation. It does not cause to sleep but it may dull the senses. Oral sedation will leave the patient with no or little memory which means patient will not remember anything about the procedure.
- IV sedation: Intravenous sedation is done through an IV to give you sedation drug directly into your bloodstream. It works faster. It is ideal for complex and lengthy dental treatment. The effects of IV sedation are removed gradually.