One of the number one things (other than a healthy smile) that Dr. Holbrook and our staff want for our patients is to be relaxed and calm during their appointment. But because coming to the dentist isn’t exactly something that most people would classify as relaxing, we may recommend sedation dentistry.
What’s Sedation Dentistry Used for?
Yes, sedation dentistry is used to help you get rid of your jitters, but it’s also used for some other things as well. Specifically, we may recommend it to help patients who:
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Have a low pain tolerance
- Need a lot of dental work
- Have sensitive teeth
- Cannot stay still
What types of sedation options are out there?
When it comes to sedation, it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all sort of deal. Depending on the procedure you are having and how much anxiety you are going through, it will help us determine which route is best to take. Options include:
- CONSCIOUS SEDATION
This is the most common form of sedating that we use because it allows patients to still remain awake and respond to Dr. Holbrook while also staying relaxed.
- DEEP SEDATION
If you have a lot of anxiety, then we may recommend deep sedation. This level of sedation is a state that is somewhere between conscious and unconsciousness which is a good medium.
Occasionally, general anesthesia is necessary in oral surgery cases, but it is riskier so we try not to use it.