Theriot Family Dental

Lafayette Sleep Dentistry

Young woman lying in a field of daisies, as an example of how sleep dentistry is relaxingSleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry, doesn’t put you asleep. But it makes you so relaxed that it can seem that it does. Most patients remember little to nothing about what happened during the appointment.

You may be among the estimated 2 million people in Louisiana who need dental care but are fearful of getting it. We understand and sympathize with these feelings. One of Dr. Theriot’s favorite things about being a dentist is using sleep dentistry to help people who are afraid of the dentist cope with and conquer their fears.

If you are concerned about insufficient pain relief from nitrous oxide gas and local anesthetic, we specialize in oral conscious sedation, sometimes known as sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry. Before your treatment, Dr. Theriot will explain several sedation options that can help you feel completely at ease.

How Does Sleep Dentistry Work?

Just before your appointment, Dr. Theriot will prescribe the right dose of oral medication for your needs. During your treatment, we may give you nitrous oxide, which we can continuously adjust to ensure you maintain the exact amount of sedation needed. Usually, patients who otherwise experience anxiety feel so relaxed that they often take a little catnap during their dental procedure.

Read more about Lafayette sedation dentistry.