A Guide to Sedation DentistryTuesday, July 15th, 2014, 4:00 pm
Many people experience nervousness and anxiety when visiting the dentist, but millions of Americans suffer from a more serious dental phobia. This heightened sense of fear can lead to a person delaying dental care and routine check-ups for years or even decades, causing dental health to deteriorate. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help ease this anxiety and enable patients to receive the dental care they deserve.
Though it is commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry,” most patients remain awake during sedation, albeit in a sleepy state. There are various methods available to achieve varying states of sedation, depending on the needs of the patient and the amount of work being performed.
Is sedation different than anesthesia? While sedation helps to put the patient in a relaxed state and ease nerves about the work being done, anesthesia is still required to reduce pain in most procedures. The anesthesia is usually injected after the patient is sedated.
What are the different types of sedation? The method of sedation most commonly used is nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” which is administered by placing a mask over the patient’s mouth. Sedation can also be delivered orally or intravenously. There are also various levels of sedation: conscious sedation, deep sedation and unconsciousness. Your dentist will determine the level of sedation used based on a number of factors, including the state of your health, the work being performed, and your anxiety level.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry? Sedation helps put patients at ease who might otherwise be reluctant to have dental work done. It can also calm some patients long enough so that multiple treatments can be performed in a single visit. Those who have a bad gag reflex, a low pain threshold or tooth sensitivity can also benefit greatly from sedation dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry in Toccoa
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry or any other dental treatments, contact Wilbanks Smile Center today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.