Are you like many people who are terrified of the dentist? Do you imagine the large chair, the bright fluorescent lights, and the whirring of dental drills with utter distress? Well, with today's modern, advanced technology, dental treatments have come a long way in terms of comfort. Going to the dentist no longer has to be a scary ordeal that will leave you emotionally scarred for days. Sedation dentistry could be your saving grace. Here are few details about sedation dentistry:
Okay, so sedation dentistry is not exactly as soothing as a spa treatment, but you can expect to feel much more calm and at ease thanks to cutting-edge medications and techniques. There are actually varying levels of sedation, from minimal to heavy-duty. Depending on your procedure, your individual dentist and his or her office staff, as well as your personal health history, the amount of sedation you can receive will differ.
- Minimal. This usually involves breathing in "laughing gas," or nitrous oxide. Don't be alarmed by the face mask; it won't hurt you. Rather, you will simply take a few deep breaths and go into a very relaxed state of mind. There is even a bonus; you can drive immediately afterwards.
- Mild. Your dentist may be able to give you an oral medication shortly before your procedure, which may help you to feel drowsy and calm. You will still be awake, but you'll feel sleepy and a bit foggy, helping you to take your mind off of the dental procedure.
- Moderate. With an IV injection, you can slip into a near-unconscious state while the dentist performs the treatment. You won't feel anything and may actually drift off to sleep. With this form of sedation, you can be easily awaken once the procedure is finished.
- Complete. An oral medication or an IV will cause you to fall into a deep sleep. When you awake, you might feel a bit disoriented or groggy. Because it is such a deep form of sedation, you may have to stay in the dental office for a few hours afterwards for the effects to wear off so you can wake up.
Is it Dangerous?
Typically, sedation dentistry is safe for just about anyone. Your dentist will discuss any risk factors and special instructions.
If you are planning to receive sedation for a dental procedure, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your area to discuss the type and level of sedation that is best for you.