Does the thought of stepping into the dentist office give you anxiety? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache then come in for your cleaning? You're not alone! A lot of people have a phobia of the dentist.
Sedation dentistry, also called "sleep dentistry" uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Patients are usually awake, with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
For people who avoid dentists, sedation dentistry may be a solution. Sedation can be used for everything from a simple cleaning to more invasive procedures. How it's used depends on the severity of the fear.
Candidates For SedationSedation is most appropriate for people with a high anxiety, preventing them from going to the dentist.Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:
Sometimes, children are given sedation if they have anxiety about going to the dentist or refuse to cooperate during the visit.
There is always some risk involved with getting anesthesia. People who are overweight or who have sleep apnea are generally at higher risk and should talk to their doctor before having sedation.
Types and levels of Sedation DentistryMinimal sedation:
Moderate sedation (conscious sedation):
Deep sedation/general anesthesia:
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you'll also typically need a local anesthetic to numb the site where the dentist is working in the mouth.
Performing SedationMost dentists can administer minimal sedation and it's common for dentists to be able to give moderate sedation methods, as well. Only a small percentage of dentists who have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) program in deep sedation and general anesthesia can use more complex sedation techniques. Each state's dental board regulates the use of sedation and requires dentists to hold permits in order to perform sedation.
Call Us TodayIf you're interested in seeing if you're a candidate for sedation dentistry and would like to schedule an appointment, call us today, (509) 590-1763.