Facts About Sedation Dentistry
The practice of dentistry and dental technology has come a long way. Dentistry has gone from excruciating treatment to a couple of very relaxing hours in a comfortable environment. But still, many people avoid the dentist. It is precisely for these people that sedation dentistry becomes a godsend. In this article, Dr. Ben Kacos shares some facts about sedation dentistry for his dental patients in Shreveport, LA.
What exactly is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry basically refers to the practice of administering medication, which creates a state of relaxation and keeps in check the pain and anxiety of patients, to perform various dental procedures. Surveys show that up to 10 percent of the population suffers from dental phobia. While around 75 percent of the population has some fear or anxiety related to dental procedures. That’s why Dr. Ben Kacos offers sedation dentistry for his Shreveport patients.
How does it work?
There are different levels of sedation and various types of sedation, which can be used at each level. Dr. Ben Kacos, at Shreveport’s Dentist, makes sure that the right type and amount of sedative are used to ensure the safety and wellbeing of his patients. The types of sedation used in dentistry are:
Minimal sedation is commonly achieved through Nitrogen oxide (Laughing gas) and oral medication. In this level of sedation, the patient is able to breathe on their own and retain control of all their bodily functions. This is used to relax the patient while keeping them awake. The effects of this type of sedation wear off quickly, enabling the patient to drive back home.
Moderate sedation is also known as “conscious sedation.” It is normally achieved by injecting an IV line in the hand, arm, or foot of the patient. The patient can breathe on their own, and all the bodily functions remain normal. The patient stays awake and responds to touch and verbal commands. However, in this state, the patient is less likely to remember the procedure once the effects wear out. Additionally, the level of sedation is administered through the IV line. This can easily be adjusted by the dentist as per the requirement.
Deep sedation / General anesthesia
Although rarely used for routine dental procedures, deep sedation can be achieved by injecting medication, giving oral medication, and in combination with gases. The patient is unconscious in this state. In most cases, does not wake up until the effects of the sedation have worn out, or further medication is given to reverse the effects.
We asked our friend, Dr. Kristina Neda, a sedation dentist in Georgetown KY, about moderate sedation. Dr. Neda says that deep sedation is one of the most popular forms of sedation dentistry. However, there is no “right” choice when deciding which form of sedation you want. It all depends on your level of comfort and the reason why you’re wanting sedation to be apart of your dental treatment.
Why use sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry has multiple benefits, including the following:
Sedation dentistry is safe. At Shreveport’s Dentist, a trained dentist administers the drug, and constantly monitor’s the drug’s amount and patient’s status.
It relieves pain. Through sedation, the pain is completely removed from the dental procedure, and who does not want pain-free dental care?
It is effective. This goes for both the dentist and the patient, as the doctor can perform multiple procedures during one visit, and this means less money spent by the patient.
Sedation dentistry helps reduce gag reflex. Gag reflex can be a major hindrance in dental procedures for both the doctor and patient, therefore through sedation, the dentist can get the work done faster with the patient being more comfortable.
Sedation dentistry helps relieve anxiety. Some patients become so nervous by a visit to the dentist that they avoid it completely, so sedation removes the reason to avoid that visit.