Deep Sedation in Dentistry - Sleep Dentistry in Erie, PA

Are you afraid to go to the dentist? Wouldn't it be great if you could just sleep through your dental treatment? If you’ve avoided visiting your dentist to receive your regular dental treatment, you’re not alone. Let's face it, no one "loves" to visit the dentist.

Over 40 million Americans risk greater health issues every year because they evade getting professional dental treatment. Dr. Kevin Mahoney can ease your dental anxieties using dental anesthesia.

Benefits of Deep Sedation for Dental Treatments

  • Relaxation and patient comfort
  • Effectiveness of dental procedures administered
  • Time-saving - several procedures during a single visit

Dr. Kevin Mahoney is a board certified Dentist Anesthesiologist and has been providing the benefits of dental anesthesia, as well as other dentistry services, to his patients for over 18 years. If you are one of the many people in the United States who has a dental phobia, Dr. Kevin Mahoney, and his highly trained staff, can help you have a comfortable dental visit no matter how old you are.

"By striving to offer the highest quality dental care, I hope to motivate you to choose excellence and to enjoy the long-term benefits of that decision. Fear and anxiety is the number one reason people avoid necessary dental care. I am dedicated to the comfort of those who place their trust in me. Sleep dentistry is an affordable, safe way to better dental health. I am confident I can help you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience."

-Dr. Kevin Mahoney

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Dentistry

What is Sleep Dentistry?

There are many differences between general anesthesia and IV sedation that have a big impact on how the procedures are practiced in sleep dentistry. Many dental offices use the term sleep dentistry when actually talking about IV sedation. This can be confusing because “sleep dentistry” is more similar to and descriptive of general anesthesia.

When under general anesthesia, the certified anesthesiologist manages your breathing through a tube. General anesthesia affects the entire body rather than a localized, specific area. When recovering, patients slowly come out of a sedated state.

A few of the main components of general anesthesia include:

  • You are totally unconscious (asleep)
  • You will not feel pain
  • You will have little to no memory of the procedure

There are several other forms of dental sedation in addition to IV sedation and general anesthesia including oral sedation or the use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide). The dental staff and certified anesthesiologists of Sleep Dentistry will help you determine which procedure best fits your needs and desires.

How Long Will I be Sedated?

The amount of time you are sedated depends on the amount of work that needs to be done. We are experts and will be able to approximate the right amount of time to get the most amount of work done, resulting in fewer appointments and less stress. The average timeframe to be sedated is between 1 and 6 hours, although that may vary.

Is Sleep Dentistry Right for Me?

Sleep Dentistry is especially perfect for people with dental phobias. The dental staff of Sleep Dentistry Erie has extensive experience in practicing safe dental anesthesia procedures on a wide range of patients.

Multiple factors are taken into consideration when determining the best sleep dentistry approach such as your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level.

Dental anesthesia works well for people who have:

  • Fear of the dentist
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • A limited amount of time for treatment
  • Complex dental problems, including extractions and immediate dentures

Whether you're someone who has a disability that prevents you from receiving traditional dental treatment or you simply hate going to the dentist, our dental staff can help by providing relaxing dental anesthesia treatment.

Is Sleep Dentistry Safe?

Yes, Dental Anesthesia is very safe as long as it's administered by a certified dental anesthesiologist. They are extensively trained in the outpatient setting to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Are There Any Other Dentists?

Currently, D.Kevin Mahoney is the only Doctor to have an unrestricted general anesthesia permit in Erie, PA. 

Will Sleep Dentistry Cure my Dental Phobia?

Sleep Dentistry is not a cure for anxiety or a dental phobia. It should be viewed more as a temporary solution. Although some people have reported lessened anxiety after completing a session, this may vary from person to person.