It’s estimated that nearly 75 million Americans experience some degree of fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. Some have had traumatic experiences, while others simply fear undergoing a routine dental exam. As a result, individuals are opting not to visit the dentist altogether. Fortunately, Sedation Dentistry provides patients with freedom from their dental fears. This explains why many dental professionals are offering Sedation Dentistry as a means to calm patients and encourage better oral health.
Sedation Dentistry consists of varying levels of sedation, based on the procedure and the needs of the patient. Consider the following:
Minimal Sedation: The patient will be awake, but relaxed.
Moderate Sedation: Referred to as “conscious sedation,” the patient’s speech may be slowed or slurred, and they may not remember the procedure.
Deep Sedation: The patient is on the edge of consciousness, but can still be awakened.
General Anesthesia: The patient is fully unconscious.
Types of Sedation:
Inhaled Sedation – As a common form of sedation, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is given to patients. The patient will feel very relaxed during the procedure, and the effects of the nitrous will fade quickly. Thus, the level of sedation is minimal enough to allow for the patients to drive themselves home.
Oral Sedation – As a minimal to moderate form of sedation, patients may take a pill one hour prior to their procedure. The patient will feel drowsy. A larger dose is prescribed if heavier sedation is needed.
IV Sedation – As a moderate form of sedation, the patient will receive drugs through an IV. For longer treatments, the dentist can adjust the dosage throughout.
General Anesthesia – As a form of deep sedation, the patient can be on the edge of consciousness or completely unconscious.
Is Sedation Dentistry For Me?
Maybe it’s been some time since you’ve visited the dentist, and you fear having to undergo a lot of dental work. Maybe you have a low pain threshold or sensitive teeth. Whatever the case, do not let your dental fears control you. A trusted dental professional with knowledge and training in Sedation Dentistry can make all the difference in your outlook—and your smile.
At Pleasant Plains Dental, we want your visit to be positive and stress-free. That’s why we have a number of options to help you relax during treatment. Call us today. Soon, you can experience freedom from your dental fears.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Henry J. Ernst, Pleasant Plains Dental
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