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Is Sedation Dentistry for Me?

Are You Fearful About Going to the Dentist?

Many people are so fearful or apprehensive about visiting their dentist that they would rather endure the pain of a toothache or allow a serious oral health problem to fester than pay a visit to their dentist. For those who never receive treatment for their dental problems, these dental problems can advance into even more serious stages, causing you even more pain and oral health problems.

At Advanced Dentistry, we understand the concern that many people have about going to the dentist, so we’ve made it our priority to ensure that every one of the patients who walks through our doors is invited into a warm, welcoming atmosphere where they will receive a high level of attention and care. Our friendly dental staff is happy to help answer any questions you may have about your range of sedation options, the treatment process, or payment options, and we take the time to get to know you, understand your fears, and employ a treatment approach that is suited for your physical and emotional needs.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry includes dental procedures that involve some level of sedation, which is achieved through medicine to help patients relax during their treatment. There are varying levels of sedation ranging from its most minimally-invasive form, light nitrous oxide, to deep sedation, such as general anesthesia. The lightest form of sedation, which is commonly known as laughing gas, leaves the patient awake, but relaxed, and is best suited for patients who are undergoing minor cosmetic procedures where there is no need for heavier sedation measures. Moderate and deep sedation, can be a nearly unconscious or totally unconscious method of sedation that may be used for more complex restorative procedures. In nearly all cases, sedation is coupled with a local anesthetic, or medication that is injected directly at the site where the dentist will be working, to numb pain and relieve any discomfort during the procedure.

Sedatives are typically either inhaled, taken as oral pills, or deployed using an IV. Dentists are able to control the amount of sedation each patient receives, so less sedation medication can be given to a patient who does not want to be heavily sedated, while heavier medication may be prescribed for a patient who is anxious about his or her impending procedure. In all cases, we work with you to ensure you experience the most pain-free, minimally-invasive procedure possible.

Sedation dentistry is a good option for those with a fear or anxiety about going to the dentist that prevents them from getting the dental care they need. Likewise, sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for patients with a low pain tolerance, sensitive teeth and gums, poor gag reflexes, nervous habits and reactions, and those who require extensive dental work.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

While some people can have adverse reactions to general anesthesia, sedation dentistry is safe for a majority of patients. Those with obstructive sleep apnea or have had serious side effects from anesthesia before should notify their dentist before getting a procedure done.

Our team of dentists are highly experienced at going over your medical history to uncover potential problems that may arise and suggest alternative solutions to sedation should you need it. Our certified dental anesthesiologists are also highly trained in the art of sedation dentistry to ensure you get the type and level of sedation that is appropriate for you. Age, health, and body weight should all be taken into consideration when receiving sedation. We carefully regulate the level of sedation based on factors such as these to ensure each patient receives pain-free care with a safe level of sedation.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Prior to receiving your cosmetic or restorative dental procedure, your dentist will go over your age, medical history, and any fears you have about your dental procedure or sedation. Throughout your procedure, we also continuously monitor your vital signs and can quickly reverse the effects of sedation with oxygen and medication whenever you need them. We are more than happy to share any details about our expert training and experience in sedation procedures and dental restorations so you know you are in safe hands with us.

Contact us today to see if sedation dentistry is right for you!

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