What Is Sleep Dentistry?
Last week we talked about ways to overcome your fear of the dentist.
A significant proportion of the population have a fear of even the simplest dental procedures. Patients often worry about the potential discomfort of extensive dental procedures. Vulnerability and the likely pain that they could experience during a dental visit is a real concern. IV Sedation dentistry can be a great solution in dealing with those fears. The key question is, is sedation dentistry the right option for you? Read on and learn from the experts at Shreveport’s Dentist.
What Are The Types Of Sedation Dentistry?
With sedation dentistry, Dr. Ben Kacos will administer a sedative either before you undergo a dental procedure or during the procedure itself. Most oral forms of sedation will just relax you, but general anesthesia will put you to sleep through your dental procedure. As an experienced Sedation Dentist in Shreveport, LA points out the different forms of sedation dentistry.
Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
Laughing gas is administered through a mask placed over your face, and it makes you relaxed as you undergo your dental procedure. The nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so the emergency dentist in Shreveport can allow you to drive home once your procedure is complete.
These sedatives are in pill form and Dr. Ben Kacos, an endodontist in Shreveport, will ask you to take them approximately an hour or so before you are due to undergo a dental procedure. The oral sedatives can make you a little drowsy, but you remain generally awake and aware of what is happening to you. Oral sedatives don’t wear off quickly. Having someone to drive you back home once your dental procedure is completed is required. Most dentists can offer oral sedation.
Intravenous sedatives are also called general anesthesia. IV Sedation is designed to put you to sleep during your dental procedure. Many patients who have dental implant work done or other mouth restoration work that needs to be done opt for IV sedation. We take great lengths to make sure you are comfortable and safe at all times.
Not all dental procedures call for general anesthesia. So, it is important to note it requires special training and certifications to administer IV Sedation. Dr. Ben Kacos, an emergency dentist in Shreveport LA, welcomes consultations for IV sedation (sleep dentistry). Our team has extensive training in IV Sedation. We are one of the most sought after IV Sedation Dentists in Shreveport.
During your consultation, it is important to tell our team about any allergic reactions you have to sedatives. We want to be sure IV sedation is the right choice for you.