At Asleep for Dentistry, patients can choose to be asleep or sedated during their dental treatment. There are many benefits to sleep dentistry for both doctors and patients alike, including:
There are four sedation options that patients can choose from. These options range from light sedation, where a patient is conscious during their procedure, to deep conscious sedation – where a patient is fully asleep.
Minimal sedation involves the use of Nitrous Oxide, also called ‘laughing gas'. Completely conscious, the patient breathes in the laughing gas during the procedure which helps to keep them calm and relaxed.
Oral medication, from the group of drugs known as Benzodiazepines, are prescribed to relieve anxiety before a patient's dental appointment. These medications have a sedative effect and also some degree of amnesic effect for many. Patients using this medication often remember little to nothing about their dental appointment.
Conscious IV Sedation
IV sedation involves the use of an intravenous. Patients remain awake during conscious IV sedation, but are in a state of deep relaxation. Similar to oral sedation, patients often remember little of the appointment afterwards.
Many patients request sleep dentistry for multiple procedures to minimize discomfort and increase efficiency. General anesthesia administered by Dr.Toong helps to keep patients asleep during treatment. With sleep dentistry, patients can also have multiple treatments completed during one session, with minimal discomfort.
The doctor will consult with the patient regarding which form of sedation will be the most suitable for the patient receiving treatment. Dr. Toong is a friendly and compassionate certified specialist in Dental Anesthesia, with over ten years of experience in his field. For more information, please read about sleep dentistry.