Millions of Americans would rather be anywhere other
than the dentist’s chair. And for some people, the fear of being in such a
position constitutes an anxiety-inducing phobia. Dental sedation is a safe, popular option for patients wanting to
minimize discomfort during their next visit to Perfecting Your Smile – Dr.
incorporates medication to
help dental patients relax during their procedure. Depending on the sedation
level, patients may or may not be awake while the dentist works. Sedation
Minimal sedation: the patient is
awake but relaxed.
Moderate sedation: the patient’s
speech might be impeded, and their memory of the procedure may be unclear.
Deep sedation: the patient is
barely conscious, but can be awakened if needed.
General anesthesia: the patient
is completely unconscious.
The most common
candidates for dental sedation are people possessing a genuine fear or anxiety that
is debilitating enough to prevent them from going to the dentist. In extreme
cases, this can mean choosing to deal with constant, severe oral pain instead
of having the pain alleviated at the dentist’s office.
dentistry candidates include people who:
A dental sedation
procedure is usually accompanied by a local anesthetic like Novocain. This
numbs the part of the mouth targeted by the dentist, helping to relieve any
pain experienced by the patient.
A mix of nitrous
oxide (aka “laughing gas”) is inhaled through a mask placed over the
nose. The gas promotes relaxation, is easily controllable by the dentist, and
usually wears off fast.
For minimal oral
sedation, a pill typically suffices, taken about an hour before the procedure.
The pill promotes drowsiness, though the patient is still awake. If necessary,
a larger dose can be given. It isn’t uncommon for an orally-sedated patient to
fall asleep during the procedure, but usually a gentle shake is all that’s
needed to wake them up.
An IV is
administered and a sedative drug is injected into the patient’s vein, promoting
a quicker response to the sedative. During the dental procedure, the dentist
can adjust the level of sedation.
This refers to any
medication that renders the patient barely conscious or totally unconscious
(deeply asleep) during the procedure. While under general anesthesia, a patient
cannot easily be awakened until the anesthesia wears off or is countered with
With a friendly, experienced staff and safe,
effective dental sedation options at our disposal, Perfecting Your
Smile – Dr. Pete is a great place for people seeking a comfortable experience
with their local dentist. Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from the oral
care you need – contact us today to make an appointment.
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