sleep dentistryDoes the mere thought of a having your teeth cleaned make you cringe in fear? Would you rather suffer through the agony of a toothache than go to your dentist? You are not alone. Many people suffer from extreme dental fear. For these people sleep dentistry may be the best solution.

What Is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry ranges from mild inhalation, oral sedation to moderate IV sedation. It gives people who have a phobia of the dentist access to needed dental care, while at the same time allowing the dentist to provide dental treatment in fewer visits. Statistics show that sleep dentistry diminishes dental phobia, lowers the pain threshold and provides a comfortable experience.

Sleep Dentistry most often uses intravenous (“IV”) sedation administered and supervised by a qualified and experienced medical doctor. It is often referred to as “Twilight Sleep” or “Twilight Sedation” or “Conscious Sedation”. During the procedure you are aware and can answer when spoken to. When you wake up you will usually have no memory of the noises, smells, needles or drilling, and feel like no time has passed at all!

How to Select Your Sleep Dentist

It is essential to find a dental practice that places the well-being of their patients at the center of their professional efforts. Impeccable customer service is mandatory, and you should not settle for less.

State Licensed: Make sure the dentist is state licensed in sedation dentistry. Patients should not assume their dentist has this license. If you want to find a dentist specializing in sedation dentistry in Scottsdale, you need to make sure he or she is certified by the Arizona Board of Dentistry.

Type of Sedation: It is critical that your dentist offers you different options for sleep sedation dentistry appropriately. Do you need full sedation for a cleaning? Maybe in some cases and maybe not in others. A customized approach is imperative. With other methods of relaxation employed and a respectful, comfortable relationship established with the staff so that you feel at ease and secure, you may not need the strongest option. Not all dentists are skilled and experienced in sleep dentistry, so it is very important to check your dentist’s referrals.

Online Reviews: Patients should not choose a dentist without checking their online reviews and ratings. Use these reviews to see what current patients think of the care provided. Check their website, look for testimonials and, if you have the chance, speak to an actual patient to get feedback about the dentist’s method and the staff’s behavior.
An experienced dentist in sleep dentistry should be able to provide safe dental procedures, control patient anxiety and alleviate discomfort and pain. They should be able to provide a relaxed, stress free environment.

Dr. Reem Kidess of Scottsdale, AZ specializes in sleep dentistry and is certified in Sedation by the Arizona Board of Dentistry. For more information on sedation dentistry options in Scottsdale, please give us a call at (480) 991-2290.