Overcome Dental Anxiety
It’s no secret that many of us have some level of anxiety over visiting the dentist’s office. It’s common for people to associate the dentist with needles and uncomfortable treatments. But delaying dental treatment due to anxiety or fear can turn minor dental conditions into major dental problems that require extensive intervention, and affect your health. Sedation dentistry allows patients to overcome anxieties and get the treatment they need. As an added benefit, sedation dentistry allows patients to combine multiple procedures into one or two visits, saving time and limiting inconvenience.
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 (except for those who are under general anesthesia). There are several levels of sedation available, depending on each patient’s specific level of anxiety.
Levels of Sedation Include:
- Minimal Sedation (you’re awake, but relaxed)
- Conscious Sedation (you’re still awake, but may not remember much of the procedure)
- Deep Sedation (you’re on the edge of consciousness, but can still be awakened)
- General Anesthesia (you’re completely unconscious and under the care of an anesthesiologist)
Woodstock General & Implant Dentistry provides sedation dentistry for anyone anxious about dental work and our practice has Board Certified Anesthesiologists on staff to deliver deeper sedation for more complex cases.
Types of Sedation
At our office, patients are offered a variety of medications to help control dental anxiety and make dental procedures more comfortable. These medications include controlled, safe use of inhaled nitrous oxide (also knows as “laughing gas”), oral medications such as Valium, Ativan, and Halcion, and intravenous (IV) medications such as Propofol, Versed, Ketamine. Should one or more of these medications be required, patients are thoroughly screened and monitored to ensure control and safety.