Dr. Mikkilineni is a board-certified dentist serving the residents of Richardson, Texas. He and his staff at Signature Smiles of Richardson Dental Office provide sleep and/or sedation dentistry services to help patients with dental fear have successful and anxiety-free treatments.
Richardson, TX Sedation Dentistry Q&A
What Is Sleep Dentistry at Signature Smiles of Richardson?
Sleep dentistry is when dentists use medications to keep people calm and relaxed, or even asleep during a dental procedure. It is sometimes called sedation dentistry. Medications like tranquilizers, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or intravenous medications are used during sedation dentistry. The patient doesn’t feel pain, is conscious, and is able to respond when spoken to. Some patients may doze during the procedure, or may not remember parts of it.
When Is Sleep Dentistry Used?
Sleep dentistry helps people who are anxious or frightened about going to the dentist to relax during treatment. It is also used for children or people with special needs, who find it difficult to hold still or who may be frightened by the instruments and equipment. Sedation dentistry can also help those with a severe gag reflex or very sensitive teeth. It is occasionally used when a patient needs a lot of work and wants to get it all done in a single appointment.
Who Can Perform Sedation Dentistry at Signature Smiles of Richardson?
According to the American Dental Association, sedation dentistry requires additional training for the dentist to meet specific standards. Our dental office staff at Signature Smiles of Richardson also complete specialized training to learn how to monitor patients and recognize problems. All staff in the office is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your Signatures Smiles of Richardson dentist also keeps equipment to monitor patients’ blood pressure and oxygen levels in the office to remain compliant with the ADA regulations for sedation dentistry.