Sedation TMJ Dentistry – Apopka FL – Doyle L. Summerlin, D.M.D.   Florida

1414 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka, FL 32703
Telephone: 407-889-3553

Offering Sedation Dentistry in Apopka FL

Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for patients with special needs. Sometimes called relaxation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry is a method of managing pain and anxiety during professional dental care through the use of medication.

The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:

  1. Inhalation Sedation
  2. Oral Conscious Sedation

Inhalation Sedation

Inhalation sedation uses nitrous oxide and oxygen (laughing gas) to help your body achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Through this type of sedation you will experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. Your doctor will provide you with an oral medication that is easy to swallow, safe, and low cost. When the medication takes effect, you will be able to speak and respond to external requests.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.

If you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

Also, because sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis, sedation dentistry patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary.

Sleep Dentistry or Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry has occasionally been dubbed sleep dentistry, but this term is misleading. In actual fact, you do not sleep during the procedure, but because of the effects produced by the sedative, you may feel sleepy. Sedation dentistry enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure, but you will feel comfortable, relaxed and likely won't remember much about your treatment. The use of general anesthesia is not considered sedation dentistry.

 

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