Where dental care often demands the participation and cognizance of patients, sleep dentistry allows those patients who are more apprehensive to receive the care they need without added anxiety. In addition to a caring dental staff and the best in dental care technique and technology, pharmacological support can be a helpful option for stressed patients. Sedation is not necessary for procedures, but can do wonders for keeping patients calm and enabling ease in delivering their care. For patients who have a strong aversion to dental procedures, sedation also enables the dental staff to perform their duties more efficiently and effectively, though the comfort level of the patient is always the greatest priority in determining the care regimen for any Dental Leaders patient.
The three main types of sedation are intravenous, or the use of IVs to administer drugs into the bloodstream; inhalation, in the form of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas;” and oral, such as pills or liquid with anti-anxiety properties. General anesthesia, which requires putting patients to sleep, is also an option that Dr. Groh is licensed to provide. General anesthesia is not commonly employed in dental fields though it is a viable option.