A significant amount of patients could be considered to have dental anxiety or a dental-phobia. This can result in difficult visits to the dentist or perhaps avoiding the dentist all together. However, there is a solution to your fears, sedation dentistry. If you are in the category of dental-phobic, anything from a mild sedative to twilight sleep or total sedation.
Sedation dentistry uses varying medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state during your dental procedure. It also makes the patient more likely to returns for recommended care or procedures.
The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
- Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas”. The gas will help you relax. Your dentist controls the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly.
- Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill, typically in the Valium family. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry.
- IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious — deeply asleep — during the procedure(WebMD).
Your dentist will recommend sedation to match the duration and anticipated discomfort of the dental procedure.
Don’t ignore the proper care your teeth require due to a dental-phobia when there is a clear solution for you. Dental sedation offers you a path free of fear. If you’ve experienced dental anxiety in the past, Dr. Haines is here to guide you on the proper route for a pain free dental visit.
Call Dr. Ted Haines DDS for an appointment today at 360-568-8577 or visit the website at tedhainesdds.com.
Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.