Sometimes a child may be too anxious or fearful for treatment to be completed and intervention may be needed to ensure safe and effective completion of the dental work. At Growing Smiles we offer a range of sedation services such as conscious sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The goal for our doctors is to complete your child’s treatment in the least invasive and the safest way possible. what is sleep dentistry? In short, sleep dentistry is the use of sedation through an IV drip into the patient’s bloodstream to help ease their fears and anxieties of being at the dentist and having work done on them.What is sedation dentistry?Sedation dentistry is another term used for sleep dentistry where medication is used on patient’s that relax them during dental proceduresHow safe is sedation dentistry?Dental sedation is safe when given by experienced dentists. However, to assure your safety you should talk to your primary care provider before getting sedation to make sure there are no other medical conditions that could interfere with the medication.Are you asleep during sleep dentistry?No, you’re not asleep during sleep or sedative dentistry, but it will feel like you are or were after the fact. You will feel sleepy, groggy, and pretty much out of it, as if you’re exhausted and drifting off to sleep.How are patients sedated during sleep dentistry?Your dentist will either have you inhale what they call “laughing gas”, or they will give you an IV drip that goes directly into your bloodstream to sedate you. Both of these methods are safe, effective, and administered by a professional.Which method is more effective?For those who want the least memorable appointment as possible for whatever reason, the IV drip method is the way to go. It has a higher chance of eliminating the possibility for patients feeling any anxiety or pain, and, more often than not, leaves them in a state of minor amnesia after they are fully conscious and aware again.Is sleep dentistry safe for children?Not only is sleep dentistry safe for children to undergo, it’s actually highly recommended for treatments and procedures that are usually very complicated for children to undergo.For example, if a child needs to have a tooth pulled, but they don’t want to by any means necessary and have a fear of the dentist that causes the dentist to struggle with the procedure, sleep dentistry can help relax the child and allow the dentist to do what needs to be done.Sleep dentistry is a beneficial option for all ages, anxiety levels, you name it.Are there any side effects of sleep dentistry?Typically there are two side effects that occur after sleep dentistry. The first is that some people tend to get the hiccups for a couple of minutes while it has a chance to fully wear off. Second, a lot of people will experience dry mouth.However, these side effects occur while the sedative is wearing off, so if you do experience either, or both, of these side effects you probably won’t even remember them
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