What is Sedation Dentistry?
A lot of people may experience some form of anxiety when they are about to have dental work done. Some also getting anxiety from visiting the dentist in general. This is known as dental phobia. This phobia may prevent people from seeking dental care resulting in poor dental health. One way we help our patients with dental phobia, is by utilizing sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients receive a relaxing experience while undergoing treatment. There are multiple options in regards to sedation dentistry that are used based on the type of procedure and other factors.
Sedation Dentistry Benefits
Sedation Dentistry assists patients when undergoing complicated and long procedures. This can help patients feel as though their procedure only lasted a few minutes. Sedation dentistry can also help those who
- Have a low pain tolerance
- Cannot stay still
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Need a lot of dental work
Dental Sedation Options
There are a variety of dental sedation options that can help patients achieve an optimal state of relaxation. Some of these options include:
This is the most common type of sedation used in the dental office. This allows patients to remain awake and respond to Dr. Holbrook but still stay relaxed. Most patients will not remember a majority of the procedure.
Our office also offers deep sedation for patients that have higher levels of anxiety. Deep sedation results in a state between conscious sedation and unconsciousness.
Occasionally, general anesthesia is necessary in oral surgery cases. General anesthesia does have it’s own risks associated with it.
Sedation Dentistry Risks
While most sedation dentistry risks are low, some minor side effects may occur such as:
- Drowsiness (post-procedure)
It is important to discuss the risks of sedation with Dr. Holbrook before any dental procedure.