Many people have a phobia of visiting the dentist. The noises, smells and potential discomfort are enough for them to continually put off their regular checkups and dental work. Unfortunately, dental issues often become more complex the longer they are left untreated. Thankfully, sedation dentistry is available for those who are seeking a relaxed and mellow dental experience.
Who Undergoes Sedation Dentistry?
People of all ages may be successful candidates for sedation dentistry. It is a common option for:
- Individuals who have a strong gag reflex
- Patients with high dental anxiety
- Young children that require fillings and intensive dental work
- Individuals with extreme sensitivity issues
- Patients who have a low pain threshold
- Individuals who have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
- Patients with special needs
Safe and Proven Medications
Ignoring your dental care can potentially cause you pain and discomfort down the road. Advancements in technology and medication have made visiting the dentist the easiest it has ever been. Quality dental care is something that everyone deserves. Don’t allow your fear to keep you from your next appointment.
Dental fear is not uncommon and is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. Take the time to discuss your nerves with your dentist prior to your appointment. Be honest about your worries and ask the dentist what they recommend. Remember, they see hundreds of patients and understand your concerns. Once the dentist and the team are aware of how huge a deal it is that you made it to your appointment, they will strive to go above and beyond to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Types of Dentistry Sedation
*Minimal Sedation Inhaled: Nitrous oxide is administered through an oxygen mask situated over your nose. The “laughing gas” induces relaxation. Effects wear off quickly enough that patients can drive home after their appointment.
*Oral Sedation: Can range from moderate to minimal levels; depending on the procedure. A pill form comprises the minimal sedation; often ingested an hour prior to the dental procedure. The patient remains sleepy but awake. Larger doses may be given enough to make a person groggy enough to fall asleep. Typically, a gentle shake is enough to arouse them.
*IV Moderate Sedation: Given through a vein, this form of sedation takes effect very fast. The dentist can continually adjust the level of sedation with this process.
*Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia: Medications are administered that will make you practically unconscious or completely unconscious. You will in a state of deep sleep for the duration of the procedure. Patients need to allow the anesthesia to wear off prior to waking up. Conversely, they may be given additional medication to reverse the effects.
Sedation Dentistry Safety
Ensure that your dentist is qualified and trained in delivering your sedation. Your dentist should review your complete medical history prior to the procedure. Blood work may be requested by the dentist ahead of time. Risks of the procedure should be discussed with you by the dentist. If you are unclear on any of the medical terms or have questions about the procedure, do not hesitate to ask for clarification.