Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Sedation dentistry is an amazing option for anyone who has severe anxiety when it comes to any form of dental work.  For people who would rather suffer a toothache than visit the dentist, the growing practice of sedation dentistry will stop your suffering.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during various dental procedures.  There are four different levels of sedation that are used depending on your level of anxiety as well as the procedure that is being done.

The levels of sedation vary from minimal sedation where you are fully awake, but very relaxed; to general anesthesia where you would be completely unconscious.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Different types of sedation dentistry achieve a different result depending on the amount of the medication given.  You and your dentist can work together to determine what level of sedation will be right for you.

The most common form of minimal sedation is breathing nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.  When combined with oxygen and inhaled through a special mask placed over the nose, this gas helps you relax.  Your dentist controls the level of the gas for your individual needs.

Oral sedation can cover you from minimal to moderate sedation depending on the dosage.  For minimal sedation your dentist will have you take a pill about an hour before the procedure begins.  It will make you drowsy, but you will be awake.  A higher dosage can result in moderate sedation.

Another form of moderate sedation dentistry is IV sedation.  The drug is administered directly into a vein through an IV.  This causes it to work quickly and your dentist is able to continuously adjust the level of sedation.

The highest level of sedation dentistry is deep sedation and general anesthesia.  The medication given to you by your dentist will render you unconscious or mostly unconscious.  While you are under the effects of this form of sedation you cannot be easily woken until the effects wear off or are reversed.

Speak with your dentist about any concerns you may have.  Together you and your dentist can determine the best level of sedation dentistry for you and the procedure you need done.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, please call Progressive Dental Care Center for more information.

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