Delaying dental treatment because of anxiety and fear can be quite detrimental to the health and aesthetics of your smile. Routine dental care, including professional dental cleanings, helps prevent the development of dental health issues such as dental caries. Dental anxiety is an extremely common condition affecting many of our Nashville cosmetic dentistry patients. There are many causes of dental anxiety, including previous dental traumas. Some patients are simply afraid of the noise of the dental instruments used during treatment. Whatever the cause of your dental anxiety, we can tailor a treatment plan that will enable you to remain relaxed and comfortable during every stage of your treatment process.
Sleep Dentistry Candidates
Typically, Nashville sleep dentistry patients experience fear and anxiety at the thought of undergoing any dental procedure or treatment. Patients who experience anxiety at even the thought of scheduling a dental examination are likely candidates for sleep dentistry. While many will qualify for sleep dentistry, some are not ideal candidates. For some patients, in fact, sedation dentistry may not be possible. If certain medical conditions are present or if a patient takes certain medications, sleep dentistry may not be a suitable option. Patients who have a sensitive gag reflex or have difficulty controlling their movements are often candidates for sleep dentistry. Patients undergoing multiple dental procedures during one office visit may benefit from sleep dentistry. If you are experiencing dental anxiety, there is a good chance that you are a candidate for sleep dentistry. You may also be an ideal candidate for sleep dentistry if you have a low pain threshold or have extremely sensitive teeth.
Benefits of Sleep Dentistry
The vast majority of our Nashville sedation dentistry patients do not remember undergoing the dental treatment. Because they do not remember undergoing treatment, there are no bad memories to keep them from seeking further treatment. While completely able to follow commands and answer questions, patients feel as though they are drifting in and out of a dreamlike state. By utilizing sleep dentistry techniques patients are able to remain relaxed and free from anxiety and fear while undergoing one or a multiple dental treatments. Sleep dentistry allows for patients to receive the dental care that they need without experiencing pain, discomfort, fear, or anxiety. Through sleep dentistry, going to the dentist no longer has to cause stress and anxiety. Sleep dentistry medication is usually administered a few hours before treatment is to begin so that patients can remain calm during every stage of their treatment process. Patients arrive to the dental office calm and relaxed and remain that way until after their treatment has been completed. Because of this, patients are unable to drive themselves home after undergoing sleep dentistry treatment.
Contact Clint Newman, DDS, Today
If your dental anxiety is preventing you from receiving the dental care you need or desire, you may be an ideal candidate for sleep dentistry. To learn more about how sleep dentistry can benefit you, or to schedule an examination, please contact Nashville cosmetic dentist Clint Newman, DDS, today. Dr. Newman and his skilled staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.