Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?

Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?

Do you endure pain rather than visit a dentist for relief? Does the mere thought of seeking dental treatment send a chill up your spine? If this describes you, you have the option of choosing comfortable sedation dentistry. These simple procedures will alleviate your fear and anxiety, so you can get the services you need. The type of sedation dentistry you receive depends on the treatment needed and the severity of your anxiety.

Patients who use sedation dentistry:

  • Experience pharyngeal reflex
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Require multiple, major dental surgeries
  • Suffer from severe dental anxiety

Sedation Dentistry for Children

For children, sedation dentistry is used to calm the ones who refuse to cooperate and ease the kids who are terrified. Laughing gas is the method of choice for kids because it leaves the body quickly and is very safe.

Levels of Sedation Dentistry

Some forms of sedation dentistry make patients comfortable while they remain awake, other forms like general anesthesia induce sleep. There are several levels of sedation available:

  • Deep Sedation — the patient can be easily awakened
  • General Anesthesia — the patient is completely unconscious
  • Minimal Sedation — fully awake but in a very relaxed state
  • Moderate Sedation — the patient will not recall the procedure

Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

  • General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation
  • Inhaled Minimal Sedation (Laughing Gas or Nitrous Oxide)
  • IV Moderate Sedation
  • Oral Sedation (Mild or Moderate)

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

When administered by a skilled and experienced dentist, sedation dentistry is generally safe. Obese patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea should consult with their dentist before receiving dental sedation.

It is the patient’s responsibility to choose a competent dental care provider. To ensure you receive safe and effective sedation dentistry, first:

Be sure your dentist understands your medical history. Your dental care provider should be aware of any current health conditions and medications you are taking.

Ask about the proper dosage for your age and health history. Also, inquire if the prescribed dose is in line with the FDA recommendations.

Learn as much as you can about your dentist, how much training, what education and skills, how many procedures performed and if there have been any patient complaints.

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