Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry is one of the best ways to calm your nerves and anxieties about your upcoming dental appointment. Dr. Skousen is trained in dental sedation, also called sleep dentistry. Technically, this type of sedation does not make you fall completely asleep and unconscious, but it does make your experience feel quicker and more comfortable.

Who Can Use Sleep Dentistry?

There are a number of reasons that Dr. Skousen and his team may recommend sleep dentistry. From a cleaning to a wisdom tooth extraction, sleep dentistry can be used for a variety of reasons and for a wide variety of people. Dr. Skousen may recommend sleep dentistry if you have medium to severe dental anxiety, a bad gag reflex, a long or complicated dental procedure, or sensitive teeth. Additionally, sleep dentistry can be used for people who have difficulty sitting still during a dental appointment, such as a young child or a person with special needs. To find out if you are a good candidate for sleep dentistry, call Heritage Dentistry at our Frisco, Texas office today!

Laughing Gas and Oral Sedatives

There are three main types of sleep dentistry available at Heritage Dentistry. A drowsy, daydream, and conscious sleep dentistry. For short, uncomplicated procedures, Dr. Skousen may recommend a drowsy sedation which will help your body relax. An example of drowsy sleep dentistry is laughing gas for a child, an adult with dental anxiety, or a person with special needs. For more extensive procedures or for more serious forms of dental anxiety or tooth sensitivity, Dr. Skousen may recommend laughing gas with an oral medication. This could also be referred to as daydream sleep dentistry, because it puts you in a relaxed, daydream-like state without completely falling asleep.

Conscious Sleep Sedation

The last type of sleep dentistry Dr. Skousen offers is conscious sleep dentistry. This is used for invasive and long procedures such as root canals, wisdom tooth extractions, and placing dental implants. The sedative medication is injected into your bloodstream and will make you feel extremely sleepy, however you will still have control over your body and you will be able to communicate. This form of sleep dentistry helps patients stay calm and relaxed during the entire procedure. For the most comfort during extensive procedures, choose conscious sleep sedation by Dr. Skousen at Heritage Dentistry in Frisco, Texas.