Sedation Dental Procedures
Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. To learn more, contact our team.
Parkview Dental finds patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have the following:
A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.
I AM NERVOUS ABOUT BEING UNCONSCIOUS. WHAT LEVELS OF SEDATION ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?
There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. We are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.
- Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are three sedative states at which your dentist can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.
- Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.
- Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.
HOW ARE SEDATIVES ADMINISTERED?
Inhalation – Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
Oral – An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.
Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out if sedation dentistry method may be right for you.
SEDATION DENTISTRY FAQS
We understand that before receiving treatment, you may have many questions about sedation dentistry. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry.
WILL I FEEL ANYTHING DURING MY TREATMENT?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and at the end of the appointment many patients feel relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
IS SEDATION DENTISTRY THE SAME AS BEING UNCONSCIOUS?
No. You will still be conscious and responsive, just in a comfortable state of relaxation.
IS SEDATION DENTISTRY SAFE?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting your treatment, Dr. Casteel or Dr. Limke will take time talking with you and together you’ll decide if sedation option is right for your needs.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE SEDATION TO WEAR OFF?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you’ve received, how long your treatment is, and how quick your own body can recover. Since being under sedation causes drowsiness, it is necessary that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you will not want to drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Any patients who experience dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask our dentists about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
- Are afraid of needles and/or shots
- Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
- Can’t handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist’s office
- Have overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Require a more complex dental treatment
- Feel self-conscious about your teeth
- Wish to have a more comfortable dental treatment
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