There Is A Sleep Dentistry Office In Plainville
- February 25, 2017
Everyone knows that advertising can be deceptive. Still, the unspoken assumption is that health care professionals are above that sort of tomfoolery. However, the sort of misleading claims you will see from other dentists’ offices should give you cause for concern. Much of the deception revolves around what they can allegedly do for you in terms of sedation dentistry. Let’s just say they can get a little loose with the terminology.
If a dentist’s office in Plainville claims to offer sleep dentistry, when, in fact, the highest level of sedation they offer is oral sedation, that makes us a little upset. Here’s why: for one thing, you as the patient won’t have access to the highest levels of sedation that can be of great assistance during certain procedures. Furthermore, sleep dentistry is a very specific term and it involves a procedure that requires a great deal of training and expertise to administer, which our own Dr. Peltzer happens to have invested heavily in.
Truth be told, the other forms of sedation may well relax you to the point of sleep. But it still is not what the ADA would deem sleep dentistry. That’s why today we thought it might be helpful to anyone considering a complex dental procedure to explore the boundaries between the types of sedation that are available to you.
The thing to keep in mind is that anyone who practices deception in their marketing might not have your best interests at heart, like we do. We have nothing to conceal, and we make it so that you have nothing to lose. You are always welcome to browse our testimonials and/or come in for an in-person consultation. So, please keep reading and then be sure to get in-touch with our team to schedule your next visit!
Conscious Sedation: A Good Starting Point
Let’s start at the low end. With conscious sedation you stay mostly awake and are somewhat aware of what is happening around you. There are two primary vehicles for this:
Inhaled Sedation: This is the gateway method of sedation where nitrous oxide gas is delivered through a small mask over your nose. This is a low level of sedation that relaxes you enough to sit comfortably through whatever dental work you are receiving. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off almost immediately. It is safe for all ages, even children.
Oral Sedation: As you might have guessed, this type of sedation goes a bit further than nitrous oxide, and it takes a little preparation. For this, you will take a prescription strength sedative pill before you come in for your procedure. You will be mostly awake for your treatment, and fairly aware. But you will need to line-up a ride home!
Because this is a more intense level of sedation, it is not out of the realm of possibility for patients to drift off to sleep while having their dental work done. Still, when that happens they are easily awakened. It is worth mentioning that waking up mid-procedure would never happen with true sleep dentistry.
Sleep Dentistry: Your Best Bet
Going deeper than the other forms of sedation, sleep dentistry will actually put you completely under. You will be 100% asleep, and totally unaware of what is going on. You won’t be easily awoken either. Dr. Peltzer has the distinct honor of having been awarded a State of Connecticut Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation permit. This is a rare achievement and distinction for a general dentist in Connecticut. This advanced skillset allows us to much better serve our patients.
IV Sedation: This type of sedation produces unconsciousness in a matter of seconds. It is perfect for those patients who are truly fearful of dental care procedures. It is also useful for patients who require a good deal of fairly invasive dental work. IV sedation allows you to lie completely still for a long period of time, longer than anyone would be able to do while consciously sedated, so that you can have the work you need done in one visit.
Let Us Help You Relax!
We hope that this post has been helpful. Dr. Pelzer is ready to get started whenever it is convenient for you. Why put it off any longer? All you have to do is contact us online or call us at 860-479-2397 to get started!