Does the thought of setting foot in a dentist’s office leave your entire body tense with fear? You are not alone. Many people are so phobic about dental procedures that they’d rather endure the agony of a toothache than get the help they need.
If you avoid dentists due to fear or anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. We, At BMC Family Dentistry, offer sedation for anything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning, depending on your individual needs. We are all about ensuring your visit to our office is pleasant and stress-free. Your comfort and safety are our primary concerns!
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to using medication to establish a relaxed and calm state, almost like sleep. We often use it during procedures requiring extensive amounts of time, or for patients who are fearful of dental procedures. It also helps patients who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex by relaxing the throat muscles. Sedation dentistry helps alleviate fear and anxiety and may put patients in a sleep-like state.
What Types of Sedation Are Available?
Sedatives to help you relax may be minimal, moderate, or deep, depending on your level of anxiety and the procedure taking place.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation: This minimal form of conscious sedation involves breathing nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask to induce a state of relaxation. We will administer a local anesthetic in combination with nitrous oxide to ensure your comfort. This form of sedation wears off quickly, allowing you to drive home after treatment.
Oral Sedation: Depending on the dose you receive, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. We will give you a pill to take about an hour before the procedure. You will begin to feel drowsy and relaxed, but you will remain awake. Most people feel a little groggy after oral sedation.
Intravenous (IV) sedation: This is a moderate form of sedation involving receiving medication through a vein, so the effects are apparent quickly. You will feel relaxed and comfortable during the dental procedure.
General Anesthesia: In some cases, general anesthesia is needed. It is a form of deep sedation and involves receiving medications that will make you sleep throughout the procedure.
We Are All About Your Comfort!
Contact us at BMC Family Dentistry to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you relax in your dentist's chair. Dr. Nisbeth and his team are committed to delivering comfortable, quality care. With us, you are in good hands. You can count on that!