Leave the Anxiety at the Door: The Art of Sedation Dentistry

Dental AppointmentIt used to be that if you were too anxious to go to the dentist, you either wouldn’t go at all or you would have to get into the dentist chair virtually kicking and screaming during the entire time. However, because dentist’s everywhere were sick of seeing their patients cry and they were sick of getting kicked in the face, they decided to introduce sedation dentistry to the table.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients feel more calm and relaxed during their dental procedures. By either being administered anesthesia, vallium, or other calming drugs, sedation dentistry comes in many different forms depending on both the severity of your anxiety and the severity of your procedure.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

  • Inhaled Sedation: This form of sedation is the most minimal form available. During this type of sedation treatment, you will be administered some “laughing gas” to help calm your nerves and get you through the procedure.
  • Oral Sedation: This form of sedation is administered orally through a relaxant drug such as Valium to help keep you calm and relaxed during th procedure. Typically, your doctor will have you take this medication before your appointment, but you will be required to have somebody drive you both to and from your appointment because you’re not allowed to drive under the influence of Valium and similar drugs.
  • IV Sedation: As the next strongest form of sedation, medication will be administered to you through an IV which helps the doctor regulate just how much to give you throughout the entire procedure. Although you will be conscious, you will likely not remember very much of the procedure once the drugs have worn off.
  • General Anesthesia: This form of sedation is typically used for more complex dental procedures because there are some risks that accompany anesthesia. When under general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious and will not remember a thing.

If you or a loved one are considering sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental visit, contact our office today to learn more!

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