Sedation Dentist Flower Mound
Who should use sedation dentistry?
Although most people do not enjoy going to the dentist, some find the entire process both frightening and overwhelming. In some cases, people avoid making dental appointments for years, even putting off basic exams and cleanings. Some of the most common reasons for avoiding a trip to the dentist include::
- Fear of equipment (needles, drills, or other dental instruments)
- Traumatic experiences at past visits
- Sensitive teeth
- Difficulty getting numb
- Distress from the sounds, smells, and tastes found in the dentist’s office
These are all strong deterrents for many people. However, with modern medical technology, these concerns can be allayed through sedation dentistry. Sedation provides comfort and relief from anxiety, allowing a patient peace of mind while undergoing any necessary dental work.
What is sedation dentistry?
While sedation dentistry has existed for over a century, great advancements have been made in recent decades, giving patients more and safer options in their treatment. In order to provide sedation, a dentist must be accredited and completed specialized training to keep patients safe and healthy at all times.
No longer is routine dental work considered to be gentle enough not to offer sedation techniques to patients. From simple exams to intense procedures like root canals and wisdom teeth extraction, sedatives are now widely available to all manners of patients. Because it is safe and effective means of providing patients with extra care and comfort, its popularity is growing worldwide.
Because there are different requirements for patients and varying intensities of procedure, several different types of sedation dentistry exists. The three main methods of dental sedation include:
- Oral Sedation (pill) ~ This is the lowest level of sedation available, and is typically used for those experiencing anxiety about impending dental work or have other specific concerns, such as a fear of needles. Typically one pill is taken the night before treatment and another about an hour before the appointment.
- Nitrous Oxide ~ Often called “laughing gas,” this is one of the most common sedation methods. A mask is placed over the patient’s nose, allowing the gas to flow and keep the patient comfortable throughout treatment. This method is safe for almost everyone, including children. Once all dental work is finished, the effects of the gas are mitigated by administering pure oxygen for a few minutes, leaving the patient clear headed.
- Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV) ~ This method is reserved for those with extreme dental anxiety and those undergoing complicated and lengthy dental work. Although the patient is conscious and can respond to simple questions during the procedure, there is almost no memory of the event once it is over. For most patients, the effect is like waking up from a short nap.
What to Expect
If you undergo IV sedation, you a likely to feel as though you had slept through the appointment, and may not be aware that it has already taken place. Nitrous oxide gives a light-headed feeling, detaching a patient from the situation and making them feel as though they are floating. Oral sedatives work in a similar fashion, although various dosages and medications may have slightly different effects. No matter which form of sedation you are under, you and your dentist will be able to communicate throughout the procedure. To ensure your safety, your vital signs and overall comfort level will be constantly monitored.
If you are sedated, you will need someone to transport you to your appointment on the day of the procedure. You will also need to have someone take you home afterward, as it will not be safe to drive.
How do I know if sedation is right for me?
If you think you may benefit from sedation dentistry, talk with your dentist. Explain your concerns, whether they be a general anxiety about upcoming dental work, a fear of needles, or some other issue. You and your dentist can discuss these issues and your unique case and come up with the best options for you.
Do you live in or around Flower Mound? There is no reason to put off your dental work – all it takes is a phone call to get the dental care you need. Call us today.
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