If a trip to the dentist’s office fills you with anxiety or dread, know that with today’s sedation dentistry technology you next trip can be pain and stress free. Sedation dentistry relaxes you while the doctor works on you and frees you from fear and anxiety.
Types of Sedation
There are three levels of sedation used; minimal, moderate, and deep anesthesia. Minimal sedation makes you relaxed, but you are still conscious and aware of what is going on. Moderate sedation puts you a bit deeper into sedation, but you’re still awake but more relaxed. Many people fall asleep under this type of sedation. Deep anesthesia is used for oral surgery. You are completely out and have no memory of the procedure.
At Smith and Cole Dentistry we use oral sedation. Before the doctor performs your procedure, you will be given a pill that will relax you. You are made comfortable with a warm blanket and when the medication take effect, the doctor will perform your procedure. Depending upon the level of sedation you may be completely awake but relaxed and able to leave the office on your own. Moderate and deep sedation require you to have someone drive you home a you may still be a bit groggy when you leave the office.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Here are some examples of factors which make sedation a desirable choice for you.
- Elevated level of fear and anxiety
- Past traumatic dental experience
- Strong gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Limited time for treatment
- Complex dental problems
- You have a fear of needles and shots
- You have an aversion to the smells, noises, and tastes associated with a dental visit
- Embarrassment or fear about your teeth
If you are nervous or fearful of your next visit, call or contact Cole and Smith Dentistry and ask about sedation dentistry.