Dr. Mikkilineni is a board-certified dentist serving the residents of Irving and Richardson, Texas. He and his staff at Signature Smiles Dental Office provide sleep or sedation dentistry services to help patients with dental fear have successful and anxiety free treatments.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What Is Sleep Dentistry?

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?

According to the American Dental Association, sedation dentistry requires additional training for the dentist to meet specific standards. The dental office staff must also complete specialized training to learn how to monitor patients and recognize problems. All staff in the office must be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The dentist must also keep equipment to monitor patients’ blood pressure and oxygen levels in the office to remain compliant with the ADA regulations for sedation dentistry.