What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is a form of sedation dentistry that uses general anesthesia. Dr. Arthur Thurm is one of the few dentists in the country who is certified in and offers both general anesthesia and general dentistry. Other dentists in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware often refer patients with dental phobias, special needs, or dementia to our office so we can treat them with comfortable, compassionate care.
With sleep dentistry, the patient just needs to lie back and relax while our qualified team administers general anesthesia or IV sedation to put the patient completely asleep. The patient will be completely pain-free and will have no memory of the experience. The patient simply wakes up when the dental treatment is complete.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sleep Dentistry?
People who choose sleep dentistry include:
- People who are fearful of the dentist
- People with special needs
- People with dementia, including Alzheimer’s
- People with a bad gag reflex
- People who do not get numb through novacaine or topical anesthetics
- People with sensitive teeth
- People who hate the sounds or smells associated with dental offices
- People who do not have a lot of time for dental visits
Our team will be happy to discuss your particular needs either on the phone or at the time of your first consultation.
What are the Benefits of Sleep Dentistry?
People come to Dr. Thurm every day to eliminate toothaches or improve their smiles. One of the greatest benefits of sleep dentistry is that there are no painful shots, no pain, and no memory of the treatment. The patient simply sleeps during the procedure and wakes up with a new smile.
Another reason why people choose sleep dentistry is that a lot of work can be completed in just one visit. That saves the patient a lot of time.
Sleep dentistry also makes the visit less stressful for the patient. By having a good experience at the dentist, the dental phobia may be reduced and it is often easier to return for regular dental care in the future.
Call Today for a Consultation with our Sleep Dentist
The first step to looking and feeling better is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Arthur Thurm. During your first visit, Dr. Thurm will answer all of your questions, including whether sleep dentistry or another type of sedation dentistry is most appropriate for you. Call us today at (609) 994-5111 to schedule your appointment.