Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry includes a range of sedation or anesthesia options designed to meet your specific needs, so that even patients with dental phobias can receive proper care. There are approximately four levels: mild, moderate, deep, and general:
- Mild: Minimal sedation that calms you while you are awake, and usually administered through nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or an oral sedative
- Moderate: You are conscious but will remember little of the procedure, and will take an oral sedative beforehand
- Deep: Creates a semi-sleep state, often with an intravenous (IV) sedative
- General anesthesia: Full sedation which is often recommended for complex or lengthy procedures
Despite which sedation method is used, your doctor will also administer local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Who Can Benefit
Every case is different, and some patients have a disposition that naturally makes sedation a better option. It is often helpful for patients with:
- Severe anxiety about undergoing dental treatment
- Low pain tolerance
- Extensive dental issues
- A sensitive gag reflex
- Extreme dental sensitivity
What to Expect
Before you receive any type of sedation, we will go over your medical history to determine which option would be safest and most appropriate for you. Some existing conditions, such as sleep apnea, should be disclosed and discussed prior to your procedure.
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask, and the effects wear off soon after your procedure. This is also the only type of sedation where you can still drive yourself home safely after treatment.
Oral sedatives can be administered in different doses, depending on your case, and will usually be taken about an hour before your procedure. Depending on the dose, you will become groggy or fall into a doze.
In terms of how IV sedation works, intravenous sedation is given through an IV, and your doctor can continually monitor the levels throughout your procedure to minimize IV sedation risks.
If you will be under general anesthesia, a doctor certified in the method will be there to administer the medication and check on you throughout treatment, and you will be monitored afterward.
Sedation dentistry allows even patients with dental phobias can receive proper care.
We take patient health and safety very seriously. Sedation dentistry is relatively low-risk with the proper precautions and trained technicians. For all except nitrous oxide, these methods will impair your ability to drive for several hours, so you need to have someone else drive you home.
Learn Whether Sedation is Right for You
Our team is committed to providing compassionate and quality dental care, whether you come for a basic cleaning, restorative dentistry procedure, or cosmetic treatments. We want to make sure all our patients are comfortable and relaxed through the whole process, and will take the time to go over your medical history, health conditions, and any concerns or questions you may have about sedation dentistry. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us using our simple form.