Can Sedation Dentistry Help You?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 10:59 pm

Are you nervous about visiting the dentist? Do you have a sensitive gag reflex? Maybe you just have a hard time sitting still for extended periods. Sedation dentistry can help you make your dental visits comfortable and anxiety free!

There are many reasons that patients choose sedation dentistry. For many it is a way to get the dental care that they need without fear and anxiety, for others it is just more comfortable. Sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who need a large amount of dental treatment – using sedation your dentist can complete many procedures in just one visit.

Because different patients have different needs, there are varying levels of sedation. Many patients are familiar with nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, which is highly effective for mild and moderate dental anxiety. Other sedation options available include:

  • Conscious Sedation – Most dentists use conscious sedation, a state that lets patients feel relaxed but also remain awake and able to respond to commands. You will not remember most of the procedure with this sedation.
  • Deep Sedation – Patients with higher anxiety levels may feel more comfortable with deep sedation, which provides a state somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness. In this state, patients cannot respond to commands and may need breathing assistance.
  • Unconsciousness – An unconscious state is also occasionally obtained but requires general anesthesia and brings about added risks. This is usually only used for oral surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry please contact Wilbanks Smile Center, conveniently located in beautiful Toccoa, GA at 706-391-8777. We will be happy to discuss your case and discover the most effective type of sedation dentistry for you.

 

 

 

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