What is sedation “sleep” dentistry?

With sleep dentistry you can have lots of dental work completed and not be awake during treatment.

Sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, is using medications to help relieve dental-phobia and allow you to relax or fall asleep during treatment. The goal of sleep dentistry is to help ease your anxiety and fear of getting dental treatment done. Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful for performing complex dental treatment, especially when it needs to be completed in one session. Sleep dentistry is also recommended for patients who are very afraid of going to the dentist. With sleep dentistry you can have lots of dental work completed and not be awake during treatment.

The goal of all sedation techniques is to place you in a semi-conscious or unconscious state to help you relax. By administering sedation, your dentist can complete a ton of dental treatment during just a single session. Once properly sedated, you won’t be aware of what is happening to you. Additionally, you will remember very little afterwards and most likely sleep throughout the remainder of the day. If you’re interested in learning more about sleep dentistry, schedule your consultation to discuss your treatment options.

Should I consider sleep dentistry?

While sleep dentistry is very effective for those that require it, sedation is not required for everyone. The vast majority of dental patients do not need to go to sleep to complete their treatment. However, there are some patients who are excellent candidates for sedation dentistry. It all depends on how much treatment you need as well as how afraid of the dentist you are. Here are some examples of cases which are good candidates for sleep dentistry:

  • Extreme dental-phobia: If you’re so scared of going to the dentist that you simply refuse to see one, then sleep dentistry is your one and only option. Consider scheduling a sedation consultation to learn more. Plus, see if it’s possible to complete all of your major dental treatment during a single sedation session.
  • Complex tooth extraction: Sedation is a great option if you need to remove multiple bad teeth. Additionally, sedation is highly recommended if you need to remove multiple wisdom teeth in one session. However, removing a single tooth is usually not very difficult so most patients don’t require sedation. Of course ultimately this is your choice. It’s best to talk to your dentist to see if you should consider sedation or are better off without it.
  • Extensive dental treatment: Sleep dentistry is very helpful if you’re planning on having extensive dental work done. Typically, this includes treatment involving multiple teeth extraction, full mouth rehabilitation, multiple dental implant placement, etc. With sedation dentistry, you can complete the majority of your dental treatment during just one long session.

What type of sedation options do you offer?

There are many different types of sedation techniques which produce different levels of unconsciousness. These range anywhere from mild sedation achieved with Nitrous Oxide, all the way to complete sedation with general anesthesia. The most common type of sedation techniques used by dentists are oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. In our office, we primarily use oral conscious sedation (OCS).

Oral conscious sedation is extremely effective in relieving anxiety and dental-phobia. By administering oral conscious sedation, we can complete all of your major work within just a single sedation session. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, is certified in offering oral conscious sedation by State board of California. He has completed a special training and has successfully treated hundreds of patients under conscious sedation. There are many reasons we primarily use oral conscious sedation, which are:

  • Effectiveness: Oral conscious sedation is very effective in helping you relax and fall asleep. We have successfully treated hundreds of complex treatment cases using OCS. So far, we have not had a single case which we haven’t been able to complete with oral conscious sedation.
  • Ease of administration: Oral conscious sedation is a simple outpatient treatment and is very easy to administer. It requires nothing more than you taking some pills, arranging an escort for the day and getting hooked up to a pulse oximeter machine!
  • Safety: With oral conscious sedation, you will be breathing on your own during the entire treatment. This makes OCS much safer than general anesthesia and significantly reduces serious complications.

What is a typical oral conscious sedation appointment like?

We use the hospital grade Criticare Pulse Oximeter to monitor your vitals during oral conscious sedation treatment.

Most sedation sessions are administered in the morning or early afternoon. Typically, a sedation appointment lasts between 2 to 4 hours. With oral conscious sedation, you go into a deep sleep state which allows your dentist to perform extensive treatment. Effectively, you can complete 4 to 5 visits worth of dental treatment within just a single sedation appointment. Here is a preview of what a typical sedation appointment looks like:

  • Sedation consultation: All sedation appointments require an extensive workup in advance. During your consultation, we will review both your treatment as well as your sedation options. We will prescribe you appropriate medication to help put you to sleep on the day of surgery. Be sure to take your prescribed pills as instructed. It’s best to take your pills with a light meal, something like a toast and apple juice.
  • Find yourself an assistant for the WHOLE day: You will require assistance from a family or friend to bring you back and forth to your sedation appointment. Plus, they will be responsible for caring for you the remainder of the day. Don’t forget, you won’t be allowed to drive a car the minute you take your medication. Your assistant will be responsible for caring for you the whole day, so pick someone you know well and trust.
  • Arrive and relax! Once you arrive for your sedation appointment, we will promptly seat you in your dental chair. Then, we will hook you up to a pulse oximeter machine which will constantly monitor your vitals throughout your sedation session. From this point on, you get to relax while your dentist spends the next 2 to 3 hours fixing your teeth. Once finished, we will contact your companion to pick you up. Typically, we arrange for them to park in front of our office and we will roll you out in a wheelchair. This is only for safety measures to avoid tripping and falling down.
  • Go home and fall sleep: Most patients fall asleep as soon as they go home and won’t recall much of anything about the whole day. Plan on getting plenty of rest and relaxing during this time. By the following day, you should be back to normal and can resume regular activities.

Sedation “sleep” dentistry in San Clemente:

We offer complimentary sedation dentistry for larger treatment cases that qualify.

If you’re interested in sleep dentistry then give us a call to schedule your complimentary sedation consultation today. During your sedation consultation, we will review all of your options to help you better understand sleep dentistry. The best part is that our sedation services are complimentary for larger treatment cases that qualify. So stop delaying essential dental work and give us a call today to get started with sleep dentistry. Call us today at (949)481-2540 or book your consultation online to see how easily we can help you overcome your fear of the dentist with sedation dentistry.