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Sleep Dentistry Verses Sedation

What are the Differences between Sleep Dentistry and Sedation Dentistry? 

There is often confusion in prospective dental patients between the terms “sleep dentistry” and “sedation dentistry”.   This confusion is not helped by the fact that


 many people use them interchangeably, even though there is actually quite a difference between the two.  The correct definition of sleep dentistry is a procedure where the patient is under general anesthesia, and they are therefore completely unconscious.  This approach means that a certified anesthesiologist must be part of the dental team, and the unconscious state of the patient brings with it a raised potential for complications.  Because of this, sleep dentistry is rarely used for patients with dental anxiety or general fear of dental procedures. Continue reading “Sleep Dentistry Verses Sedation” »