Sedation Dentistry vs. Sleep Dentistry

Dentist Serving Buffalo, Lancaster, Orchard Park, New York

You may have heard the terms “sedation dentistry” and “sleep dentistry” used interchangeably, but these two phrases refer to entirely different procedures. Sedation dentistry involves the use of a safe sedative that is taken about an hour before your appointment. During your dental appointment, you will be deeply relaxed but still awake and responsive to questions and requests. The sedative generally lasts a total of six hours, leaving you with little memory of your treatment.

In contrast, sleep dentistry involves the use of anesthesia, which comes with inherent risks. You are entirely unconscious during a sleep dentistry procedure, making you unable to respond to anything happening around you. Sleep dentistry is usually used as a last resort for a procedure that is particularly painful or complex, or for patients who do not respond to sedation dentistry.

The vast majority of our patients only need sedation dentistry to help them conquer their fears. Our friendly staff at Forestream Dental Group will work closely with you to ensure you feel comfortable during every step of your visit. If dental anxiety is preventing you from getting the important dental work you need, Dr. Larry Evola and his experienced Buffalo sedation dentistry team can help.

If you are ready to experience the Forestream Difference, please contact Forestream Dental Group today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Evola. We serve patients in the Buffalo, Amherst, Lancaster, and Williamsville areas of New York.