Are you one of 40 million Americans who do not like going to the dentist or avoid dental treatments due to dental anxiety or fear? Sedation dentistry may help you overcome your anxiety and make your dental visit experience more relaxing. There are many sedation methods available to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the dental procedure.
Sedation dentistry uses medications to help patients relax during dental procedures. People who fear dental procedures prefer this type of dentistry. Various levels of sedation are used depending on the degree of patients’ fear, which includes:
Here are some common types of sedation used in dentistry:
It varies from minimal to moderate, depending on the total dose given. For minimal sedation, you are given a pill 60 minutes before the dental procedure. The pill makes you drowsy but keeps you awake. A larger dose is used for moderate sedation. Moderate sedation makes patients fall asleep, but they can be awakened with a gentle shake.
You will inhale nitrous oxide (laughing gas) via a mask placed on your nose. Your dentist will monitor and control the amount of sedation you receive. The gas helps you relax and wears off quickly. This is the only sedation that allows you to drive yourself home after the procedure.
You will receive the sedation through your vein so that it can work effectively and quickly. This sedation allows your dentist to control and adjust the level of sedation continuously. Regardless of the type of sedation used, your dentist will apply a numbing medication on the area being treated to reduce pain.
Your overall health, including mental and physical conditions, should be taken into consideration before undergoing sedation dentistry. Conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, and hypertension may require medical clearance from your physician. Also, your dentist will take a medical test to make sure you have no health problems that may cause complications after being given anesthesia.
The process depends on the type of sedation you receive. For oral sedation, your dentist will give you instructions on how to take it. You do not have to prepare for inhaled minimal sedation. Your dentist will supply nitrous oxide before, during, and after the procedure. However, if you are about to take IV sedation, you have to prepare yourself before receiving the sedation. You should not eat and drink anything for several hours before the procedure. Also, you should avoid taking certain medications a day before the procedure because they may react with the sedation drug and result in complications.
If you want to know more about sedation dentistry, call us today or visit our dental office in Des Moines, Iowa.