Dental work can make some people nervous, which is why the professionals here at Classic Smiles offer sedation dentistry. We want you to have a beautiful smile and offer solutions to help you achieve that. If even the slightest dental procedure makes you edgy, ask us about our sedation options.
Sedation dentistry is exactly what it sounds like. Patients being given a medication to help them relax or even fall asleep during a dental procedure. Not only is this beneficial for those with anxiety, but it is applicable in many other situations. These include people with a fear of needles, patients who need long and complex dental treatments, those with strong gag reflexes, people who cannot be numbed with local anesthesia, and/or patients with sensitive teeth.
There are three common types of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a type of inhalation sedation since it is administered through the nose. This fast-acting method leaves patients calmed and more relaxed, almost immediately plus it is very simple to administer. This is considered a minimal type of dental sedation.
Oral conscious sedation is a method in which patients are given an oral sedative to take before their appointment. This results in a state of deep relaxation before, during, and after a dental procedure. While you will be relaxed, you will still be able to answer questions and listen to instructions even during longer treatments. Like nitrous oxide, this falls under the category of minimal sedation.
The most intensive sedation is administered through an IV. This is important information for patients who are afraid of needles to be aware of. This option is recommended for those who might be extremely anxious as it does help with very long procedures. IV sedation is considered to be a moderate option.
Deep sedation takes place with general anesthesia. This means that a patient is almost or completely unconscious for the duration of their procedure. This medication needs to work its way out of the system, making it to where patients cannot be easily awakened. We encourage our patients to ask us about each of these methods prior to their appointment so we can suggest the best option on an individual basis.
Which Procedures is Sedation Beneficial For?
Sedation options are offered for almost every procedure we offer. Whether it is a routine dental cleaning, filling, or periodontal scaling we understand that some people experience anxiety in the dental chair. This can be an inherit trait or caused by a traumatic experience at another office. Perhaps you know someone who went through an unpleasant visit and want to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Here at Classic Smiles we are proud to offer safe and monitored sedation techniques to make our patients as relaxed as possible. Oral health is important, but our professionals are fully aware that numerous people put off dental exams due to varying levels of anxiety. Call us today at (407) 378-0139 so we can discuss sedation options with you and ease your mind prior to your visit.