Have you heard about sedation dentistry, but you aren’t sure if it’s right for you? In this post, we’re going to explain how sedation dentistry works and if you are a good candidate for this type of dental treatment.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry works by relaxing a patient who experiences fear over a dental procedure. It can be used for minor dental treatments such as dental cleanings, or it can be used for major oral surgeries like extractions and root canals. Sedation dentistry is administered in four different ways according to a patient’s needs.
Nitrous oxide is often used to relax patients for dental procedures. You breathe in the gas, which is safe to use with local anesthesia for oral surgery. The gas relieves pain and gives you a calm feeling without putting you to sleep. You may be able to drive yourself home after receiving this type of sedation.
Sometimes a pill like Halcion or Valium is used to help you relax. The pill will not put you to sleep, but it will take your anxiety away. Like nitrous oxide, it can be used in conjunction with local anesthesia.
Your dentist can give you sedation through an intravenous drip. This type of sedation is stronger than pills or nitrous oxide, and you will need to stay longer for the medication to wear off before you leave the dental office.
General anesthesia puts you to sleep. It is the strongest form of sedation and is administered through injection or inhalation. It requires the longest recovery period of all the sedation methods.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry
These are the factors we consider when deciding whether sedation dentistry is right for you.
You will be given a full physical assessment and asked about your medical history before being considered for sedation dentistry. A person in good overall health is better qualified for sedation treatments.
You may need your doctor’s clearance for sedation dentistry if you have any of the following physical ailments:
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiac diseases
- Airway obstructions, such as large tonsils
These problems can put you at higher risk for anesthesia complications, but your doctor will know if your health is stable enough for sedation dentistry.
Children can often benefit from sedation dentistry. However, some young children can be prone to falling into deeper levels of sedation and may not be good candidates for the treatment. We will consult with your child’s pediatrician to determine whether sedation dentistry is the right choice for your child.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
Many people who avoid dental appointments out of fear can finally get the treatment they need through sedation dentistry. If you’ve been putting off routine cleanings or even a filling because you’re afraid of the dentist’s office, we can help you overcome your fears.
Our staff is fully trained and qualified to offer sedation dentistry, which sets us apart from many other area dentists. We keep track of your vital signs, adjust the medication level, and track potential problems while you are sedated. You can trust us to take good care of you if you choose sedation dentistry.
If you want to know if sedation dentistry is right for you, call us today for a free consultation.