Is Sleep Dentistry the same as Sedation?

Dental phobia can be a difficult condition to deal with. Fear of the dentist leads you to avoid dental appointments, which leads to additional need for dental work, which leads to increased anxiety about going to the dentist.

Many dentists, including Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro, provide help for patients with dental phobia. Among the most popular options is Sedation dentistry.

Sleep Dentistry

While some people refer to sleep dentistry and Sedation dentistry interchangeably, there’s actually a big difference between the two. Sleep dentistry uses general anesthesia, making the patient completely unconscious. This approach brings with it a higher likelihood of complications, as well as a number of risks specific to general anesthesia. Because of its inherent dangers, sleep dentistry is rarely used in cases of anxiety or phobias.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a much more common approach, and it’s also very safe. Many patients with severe dental phobias have found great results with Sedation dentistry. With the use of a light oral sedative or nitrous oxide, they find themselves completely relaxed in the dentist’s chair, anxiety-free yet still aware. Time seems to go by more quickly, in a dream-like manner. It’s even possible to undergo a combination of procedures in a single session, decreasing the number of times you’ll have to return to the dentist.

Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro want to do everything they can for their patients with dental phobias. In addition to offering Sedation dentistry, they have designed their office to be extra patient friendly. With heating pads and pillows to make you comfortable, as well as flatscreens in each room so you can watch movies, the office environment is truly welcoming. And if you still feel anxious, Sedation dentistry is available to help you relax.

If you’d like to know more about Sedation dentistry and how it can help you overcome your fear of the dentist, please contact the Mesa, Arizona cosmetic and general dentistry offices of Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro, serving MesaPhoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. We’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment.

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