Do you hate going to the dental office? You are not alone as 30 to 40 million people have dental anxiety. Dental anxiety can lead to a number of problems as it causes a person to miss appointments, which increases the risk of dental caries. A lot of people avoid treatment at the dental office due to fear, fortunately we provide sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry helps to take away some of your fear to make it easier for you to receive dental treatment.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax. Some people call it “laughing gas” or “sleep dentistry.” There are multiple levels of sedation used to assist patients needing a method to relax during cleanings and dental procedures:
- Minimal sedation – awake but relaxed
- Moderate sedation – conscious sedation, patients are awake but tired and may slur their words.
- Deep sedation – a patient is on the edge of consciousness, but can be awakened.
- General anesthesia – patients are completely unconscious.
How Does Sedation Help?
Sedation is used for people that experience a real fear or anxiety toward dental services. If you have a low pain threshold, need to stand up after sitting in the dentist’s office for hours, have sensitive teeth, a bad gag reflex, or you need a large amount of dental work completed, sedation is one of the best methods.
Nitrous oxide has been proven to be a safe option for people that need to go to the dentist. Our dental office has the necessary skills required to safely administer nitrous oxide. Based on your needs, we will recommend the appropriate sedation method. Some patients need oral sedation for large oral procedures while others only need a small dosage.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
There are always risks with any procedure and treatment. We always offer information about the different sedation methods before we administer them. Some people do have health problems that increase the risk of side effects with sedation dentistry. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea and those who are obese can have problems with sedation.
Contact us for more information about sedation dentistry and how it may be the perfect solution for your needs.