What to Expect for Sedation Dentistry
Do you fear spending time in the chair when you visit your dentist in Shreveport? Many patients, both men and women of all ages, harbor fear about dental treatment. So much so that they might avoid getting the dental care that they desperately need.
While it’s fairly common to fear the unexpected during a dentist appointment, there are some ways to ease those fears and even find yourself relaxing in the dentist’s chair. Whether you’re in for a routine check-up, like professional cleanings or even a small cavity filling, or you’ve sought out the best emergency dentist Shreveport offers, sedation dentistry may be the right direction for you.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
For those who do their utmost to avoid going to the dentist, sedation dentistry can offer help for some of the related anxiety. The type of sedation and how it is used depends on the procedure and the severity of the patient’s anxiety.
Sedation dentistry makes use of various types of medications that can help ease anxiety for patients so that they can relax during needed dental procedures. It can often be referred to as sleep dentistry, but that’s not an entirely accurate description. Patients are typically awake during treatment, with the exception of patients undergoing more complicated procedures necessitating general anesthesia. There are several levels of sedation, as there is no one-size solution for patients and treatment.
Inhaled Minimal Sedation
Patients will breathe in nitrous oxide and oxygen. Laughing gas is a nickname for nitrous oxide. Patients will be awake but will feel relaxed. The mask will be placed over the nose, and patients will be told just to take normal but steady and focused breaths. The nitrous oxide can help you to relax, and it typically wears off fast so that you’ll be able to drive after your procedure.
Oral, or Moderate Sedation
Patients will be given a medication similar to Valium, which will help take the edge off of the anxiety the patient is feeling. The pill will be taken about an hour prior to the procedure so that there is ample time for it to work. Patients may feel drowsy, but they will not generally fall asleep. Some doze off during their dental treatment but are easily awoken with a gentle shake. Patients who undergo this type of sedation will need to have someone drive them home after their procedure.
IV, or Moderate Sedation
The sedative is given through your vein and does require a needle stick. It will work much faster than taking a pill, and your dentist can also adjust the sedation level throughout your procedure. You will be just on the very edge of consciousness, but you will still be easily awakened. Patients who undergo this type of sedation will need to be driven home after their treatment.
General Anesthesia or Deep Sedation
Patients are given medications that render them either almost unconscious or completely and deeply unconscious or asleep. Patients under general anesthesia cannot be woken easily until the anesthesia effects wear off or are reversed with certain medications.
Is Dental Sedation Right for You?
If your fear of the dentist is keeping you from making an appointment, you will most likely benefit from one of the types of sedation dentistry.
This type of relief may also be the right choice for the following concerns.
- Low threshold for pain
- Ultra-sensitive teeth
- Poor gag reflex
- Extensive dental work needed
- Fidgety patients
Bay Area dentists at Surfside Kids Dental say that children can often be good candidates for sedation, particularly nitrous oxide. It can help to soothe any anxiety that they are feeling and also help better ensure their cooperation. To learn more about whether your child could benefit from sleep dentistry Shreveport dentist Dr. Kacos recommends just giving the office a call.
Sleep Sedating with Dr. Ben Kacos
Sedation dentistry is considered safe, especially when Dr. Ben Kacos administers it because he is trained and licensed to do so. Patients undergoing dental treatment that might require more than the injected local anesthetic, such as those getting dental implants, will find that their dental implant specialist Dr. Kacos will offer the best solutions to meet each individual’s treatment needs.
Let Dr. Ben Kacos help put you at ease, keep you comfortable and pain-free, and also keep your smile looking beautiful.