SEDATION DENTISTRY: Yes it can help anxious patients to actually relax in a dentist chair.
Many people avoid seeing the dentist because of dental anxiety or dental phobia. Conscious sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for these people to have the anxiety-free dental experience they’ve always dreamed of!
With Sedation Dentistry, our priority is to keep patients comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Patients are kept in a relaxed state before, after, and during the entire treatment. Once treatment is completed, you will have little or no memory of the experience.
It’s no longer necessary to avoid the dentist! Come in for overdue dental work and leave our office looking and feeling better than ever! Dental sedation is also recommended for procedures requiring a significant amount of time, multiple treatments done in one sitting, as well as for patients who have difficulty controlling their movements.
How does Sedation Dentistry sometimes known as “Sleep Dentistry” work:
Sedation dentistry uses medications such as nitrous oxide or a small pill to help patients relax during dental procedures.
The levels of sedation used at our office include:
Minimal sedation--you are awake but relaxed. You breathe nitrous oxide—otherwise known as “laughing gas”—combined with oxygen through a mask that’s place over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation—Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderation sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gently shake.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic—numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth—to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
One of our experienced team members will monitor your vital signs while you are sedated, keeping you comfortable and relaxed through the entire process.
Sedation Dentistry will keep you in a relaxed state for 2-6 hours depending on your physical condition and your needed treatment. While you may fall asleep during the procedure, you are not completely put under as with general anesthesia. You remain in a responsive state and all body functions stay normal.
The sedatives may cause you to be very drowsy for several hours after the procedure; therefore it is necessary to have someone drive you to and from our office. They will be responsible for supervising you after you are released from the office.