There are many individuals who are afraid to go to the dentist because of a poor experience in their past. Caring dentists understand this situation and will work closely with a patient to eliminate the fear, anxiety, stress, and pain a patient is concerned about having. There are many individuals who are so afraid of the dentist they would rather suffer from a toothache or lose a tooth than visit the dentist.
Sedation dentistry can take away the anxiety a patient has related to teeth cleanings and even invasive procedures. Some dentists will refer to this type of sedation as sleep dentistry, but the patient will be awake during the entire process. There are various levels of sedation a dentist will offer depending on a patient’s anxiety.
A patient will receive minimal sedation that permits them to be awake but relaxed during a procedure. This is ideal for an individual who has a small amount of anxiety. Moderate sedation might cause a patient to slur some of their words when they speak, but they will not remember very much about the procedure that was performed. A patient will be sedated to the edge of consciousness but will remain awake.
For minimal sedation, a patient will be given nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. Oxygen will be added to a mask that will be placed over your nose. A patient can control the amount of sedation they receive and the effects wear off very quickly.
Oral sedation requires a patient to take a pill and is given to patients who need minimal to moderate sedation. A larger dose might be given when an individual needs to have moderate sedation. An individual will be groggy, and some patients might fall asleep during the procedure.
IV And General Anesthesia
For patients that require deeper sedation, a dentist will use an IV to administer sedation to a patient. Deep sedation or general anesthesia will make a patient almost totally unconscious and not easily awakened until the anesthesia wears off.
Whatever type of sedation you receive, you might have to have someone else transport you home after the procedure. For more information about sedation dentistry, please visit Dental Care Burke.