When did you have your last dental checkup? If it's been ages since you have visited your dentist for regular checkups, tooth cleaning, or treatment, and if this is because you are anxious about the dental visit or have a sensitive gag reflex or dental phobia, sedation dentistry at Smile World Dental can help you.
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax while under dental treatments. At Smile World Dental, we use sedation for all procedures that include surgery, teeth cleaning, dental wellness visits, etc., as per the needs and preferences of our patients.
Who Can Opt for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can help you if you suffer from the following conditions:
- Fear or anxiety about dental procedures
- Difficulty in staying still in the dental chair for a long time
- Suffer from a terrible gag reflex
- Have a lot of dental work
- Not able to bear dental pain
- Have sensitive teeth
Types of Sedation
At Smile World Dental, we aim to provide our patients a comfortable and relaxed dental experience. We provide the following types of sedation dentistry at our dental office.
- Oral Sedation
Here, we will give an oral pill for our patients to consume a couple of hours before the treatment. Oral sedation is usually used for minor operations. It doesn't lead to total amnesia but creates a relaxed state of mind in patients, decreasing their pain and discomfort. With oral sedation, the patients will remain conscious during the procedure and can respond to the instructions of the dentist but have no memory of the appointment once the procedure is over. Besides, oral conscious sedation possesses very low risks or complications.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
One of the common sedation methods used, nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient through a breathing mask, placed directly over the patient's nose. The method creates a light feeling of relaxation and sedation in patients. However, the patient can control their regular bodily functions and can breathe independently while under sedation. The major advantages of nitrous oxide sedation are that they are easy to administer and cause minor or no side effects. The effects of nitrous oxide sedation quickly wear off after the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Here, the sedation is administered by the dentist through an injection directly into the patient's bloodstream. IV sedation strictly needs expert supervision and is normally used for comprehensive dental procedures like oral surgeries or tooth extraction. In this sedation type, the patient will be conscious during the procedure but forget about the treatment afterward. Here, it is possible to adjust the sedation level during the procedure - if more sedative medication is needed, the dentist can give it instantaneously.
- General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is usually employed to put patients into a deep sleep during a complicated dental procedure. The anesthesia can be administered either through an IV or inhalation, and the patient remains asleep till its effects wear off.
Do you struggle with dental anxiety? Call us today at (209) 732-1123 and schedule an appointment.