We Make It Easy for You to Relax
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it's used depends on the severity of the fear.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
Sedation dentistry may be appropriate for people who:
- Have a low pain threshold
- Can't sit still in the dentist's chair
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry has become very popular because it offers several benefits for both the patient and the dentist. For some patient groups, the use of sedation dentistry is actually the only way that they can get the dental care they need and improve their dental health. Dental sedation can offer:
- Patient relaxation
- Increased comfort
- Movement control
- Patient co-operation
- Control of gag reflex
- Little or no memory of treatment
- Time saving - Fewer appointments neede
There are many advantages to using nitrous oxide:
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation
- There is no after effect such as a "hangover"
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart or lungs
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging
- It works rapidly, reaching the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as two to three minutes, the relaxation and pain-killing properties develop.
CAN ANY DENTIST PERFORM SEDATION?
Most dentists can administer minimal sedation (such as nitrous oxide or pills). An increasing number of dentists can give moderate sedation. However, only a small percentage of dentists who have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) program in deep sedation and general anesthesia can use these more complex techniques. These dentists are typically oral and maxillofacial surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists. Some dentists use a dentist anesthesiologist, who is specially trained to give all levels of sedation and anesthesia to both children and adults.
Let us know if we can help make your experience even better with sedation dentistry. Schedule a consultation today!
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