Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

Does the thought of having dental work make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a tooth ache than step foot in a dentist’s office? You’re not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment. For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive and complicated procedures to a simple routine services such as cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear and your health status.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include;

  • Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation — you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia — you are completely unconscious.
How does sedation dentistry work?

The process depends on the type of sedation your dentist chooses. If you’re taking an oral sedative, for instance, your dentist will write you a prescription for the drug and give you instructions on how to take it. As long as you follow those instructions, you’ll benefit from reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. Once the medication begins to work, you should start to feel drowsy and content.

You don’t have to prepare at all for nitrous oxide. Your dentist will supply it before, during, and right after the procedure. However, if you choose IV sedation, you might have to prepare in advance.

For instance, your dentist might ask you to fast — not eat or drink anything — for several hours before the dental work. You might also need to avoid taking certain medications the day before you visit the dentist because they can interfere with the sedation medication.

Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?

Patients who consider sedation dentistry often have different reasons for their interest, such as the following:

  • Phobia related to dental procedures
  • Bad experience with dental work in the past
  • Particularly sensitive oral nerves
  • Small mouth that becomes sore during dental work
  • Resistance to local anesthetic
  • General anxiety disorder

If you recognize yourself in any of those problem areas, consider asking your dentist about sedation dentistry. Dental sedation can help patients get through many types of dental work, such as root canals, tooth extractions, dental implantation, and more. However, it’s typically not offered for regular dental cleanings, X-rays, and other routine care. Cases of extreme anxiety may be a viable reason for sedation during those procedures, though.

Will You Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

Before you decide on dental sedation, consider the procedure you face and your general response to dental care. For instance, do you fear needles? If so, IV sedation might cause more anxiety than the dental work itself. Similarly, if you’re worried about becoming vulnerable in the dental chair, you might want to stay alert and stick with a local anesthetic.

However, if you’re putting off dental work because you fear the pain or any other part of the work, sleep dentistry might offer the best solution. When you ignore issues such as dental caries, loose or broken teeth, and other problems, you put your oral health at risk. Furthermore, the problem might become more complicated as time passes, which could mean that you’ll need more extensive dental work in the future.

If you’re worried about upcoming dental work, ask your dentist about dental sedation. If he or she practices it, you might feel better about getting into the chair, and you won’t have to worry about persistent dental issues that cause you pain and other problems.

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“I WAS AFRAID OF HAVING DENTAL WORK DONE! Not any more ? I have been a patient of Dr. Hanson’s for over a year now. He is great! Dr. Hanson knows my fears and explains everything he is doing before he does it. He has been gentle and professional in all he has done. The rest of his staff that I have had dealings with are professional and kind. I drive 2 hours to get my dental work done. It is well worth the trip as when I leave Hanson Dentistry I am always satisfied. I would highly recommend Hanson Dentistry.”
Jane Hadikin

“My family has been seeing Dr. Hanson for more than 19 years. We are very happy with the service that he provides. He is very gentle and friendly with people of all ages. He has taken many continuing education courses, which allows him to offer the most current treatment options available as well as a variety of options for different situations. Highly recommend!”
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