sedation sleep dentistry

Far too many people forgo needed dental care due to a fear of the dentist. Unfortunately, neglecting your oral health not only affects the function and appearance of your smile – it can have an impact on whole body health as well. Dental conditions such as gum disease have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, among other things. To aid our patients who may suffer some degree of dental phobia, we offer oral conscious sedation at Elevate Dental Wellness.

Taken in the form of a pill approximately one hour prior to your appointment, this sedative greatly alleviates your anxiety by being in a state of deep relaxation throughout your treatment. If this sounds like the right option for you, we encourage you to contact Elevate Dental Wellness today. Oral conscious sedation is a simple yet effective means of calming a patient’s nerves, and we are proud to offer it at our practice.

Sleep Dentistry - Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a very complex and potentially life-threatening disease. As a total health and wellness focused dental practice Elevate Dental Wellness understands the importance of obtaining several hours of deep, restful, uninterrupted sleep every night to your overall health. Because of this, Dr. Van Gorden has received extensive training to help treat and manage your OSA alongside your physician with the fabrication and use of oral appliances specifically designed to treat OSA.

If you have been diagnosed with OSA, or are concerned you or a loved one have OSA, please contact our office to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

What are the Symptoms of OSA?

Different people have different symptoms of OSA, some mild and some more serious. Common symptoms of OSA include:

  • Snoring: Most people with OSA snore (but not everyone who snores has OSA).
  • Daytime sleepiness: If you have OSA, you likely don't get high-quality sleep at night, which can make you sleepy during the day. You may doze off at work or even fall asleep behind the wheel.
  • Pauses in breathing: People with OSA wake up suddenly after these breathing pauses, often gasping and choking. If you share a bed with someone, he or she may notice these noises.
  • Difficulties with memory and concentration
  • Unusual moodiness or irritability
  • Frequently waking up to urinate at night
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth

Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Adults who have:

  • high fear of visiting the dentist
  • had traumatic dental experiences
  • difficulty getting numb
  • who gag easily
  • very sensitive teeth
  • complex dental problems that require lengthy appointments

Adults who:

  • hate needles and shots
  • hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with the dental office
  • are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth.