Want To Feel Relaxed At Your Dental Visit - Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016, 6:32 pm

If you have a hard time feeling relaxed at your dental visit, don’t feel like you are alone. Many people experience dental fear or anxiety over dental visits but fortunately, sedation dentistry can help.

Sedation dentistry can be used for a range of treatments from a simple cleaning to a full-mouth restoration. How it is used and the type of sedation utilized depends upon the severity of the fear and the patient’s needs.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Dentists who are trained in sedation dentistry use medication to help patients feel relaxed and calm during dental procedures. Sometimes this is called “sleep dentistry” but patients aren’t actually asleep unless general anesthesia is used. Levels of sedation include:

  • Minimal Sedation – Patients are awake but medication makes them feel calm and relaxed.
  • Conscious Sedation – This is a more moderate form of sedation and although patients can follow instructions they may not remember the procedure occurring.
  • Deep Sedation – This places the patient on the edge of consciousness and is used for patients with high levels of anxiety.
  • General Anesthesia produces an unconscious state which brings added risks. This is usually reserved for oral surgery.

Are You A Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation is appropriate for people with fears or feelings of anxiety that are preventing them from receiving the dental care that they need. Sedation dentistry can also help in cases of:

  • A bad gag reflex.
  • Patients with a low pain threshold.
  • People who can’t sit still in a dental chair.
  • Patients who need a large amount of dental work.

Most dentists can administer minimal sedation such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or pills to make patients relax.

Conscious sedation permit requirements vary slightly from state to state, but typically a mini-residency with a minimum of 60 hours of didactic/classroom education and direct participation in administering IV sedation to 20 to 30 clinical dental cases will cover most state requirements. Wilbanks Smile Center and Dr. Wilbanks are certified by the state of Georgia to provide IV conscious sedation. The differences in oral conscious sedation and IV conscious sedation are:  the training requirement of 100 hours of continuing education credits; safety and the ability to regulate the amount of sedation and medication to keep the patient comfortable, which is not possible in oral sedation; and the patient is monitored throughout the procedure with a vital sign monitor.

Find out more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile without fear by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.

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