Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
Is your heart filled with fear when you think of going to the dentist? Does your body tremble at the notion of getting your teeth cleaned or having a cavity filled? Many people would rather endure an intense toothache than to see a dentist. If you’re someone who suffers from dentist-phobia, sedation dentistry may be right for you! This type of relaxing technique has become the most common way to quell patient fears in both the U.S. and Canada. Sedation can be used for any type of dentistry procedure, from a simple tooth cleaning to a root canal. Depending on the procedure, you’ll receive one of several levels of sedation. Minimal sedation: where you’re awake yet relaxed; moderate sedation: where you’re awake yet will not remember much of the procedure; deep sedation: where you’re on the edge of consciousness; or general anesthesia: where you’re completely asleep.
Just as there are different levels, there are also different types of sedation dentistry.
Inhaled Minimal Sedation Ever heard of laughing gas? Well, in this type of sedation, you breathe in nitrous oxide – laughing gas – through a mask placed over your nose. This gas enables you to relax during the procedure.
Oral Sedation This type of sedation can range from minimal to moderate, and is the type most often associated with sedation dentistry. For minimal sedation, you take a pill an hour before the procedure. A larger dose is given to provide moderate sedation.
IV Sedation With this type, you receive sedation intravenously. It works quickly and allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation as needed, giving you a personalized level of comfort and relaxation.
Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia With this type of sedation, you’ll be given medications that make you either nearly asleep or deeply asleep during your procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure with this type of sedation.
As usual, you will probably need local anesthetic along with any other type of sedation. This will numb the area in your mouth where the dentist is working for maximum comfort.
At Montee and Montee, we understand that many people fear dental work, and this anxiety can keep them from receiving necessary treatment. We work hard to ensure your visit is pleasant and stress-free. That’s why we offer oral and full IV sedation. Everyone feels fearful at some point in their lives, but don’t let your fear of dental treatment endanger your health.