One out of seven people suffer from some form of dental anxiety. These people may avoid going to the dentist, and often suffer severe consequences.If you are one of these people, you can choose Sleep Dentistry through either General Anesthesia or Conscious Sedation which includes IV sedation, nitrous oxide gas or oral sedation, to relax you as we treat you. We will use a thorough assessment of your fears and concerns, and will help you determine the alternative that will best suit you.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry have:
- High levels of fear.
- Have had traumatic dental experiences.
- Difficulty getting numb.
- Bad gag reflex.
- Very sensitive teeth.
- Limited time to complete their dental care.
- Complex dental problems.
- Hate needles and shots.
- Hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care.
What is the Difference between Conscious Sedation and General Anesthesia?
Conscious sedation is the use of medication to "take the edge off", but requires that the patient be awake (conscious) during the procedure. When conscious sedation fails or is considered inappropriate for the nature or amount of dental work, deep sedation or general anesthesia is recommended. In our hands, it is as safe for the patient to receive deep sedation or general anesthesia as it is conscious sedation. With the use of modern, short-acting anesthetics, patients are just as awake and alert after general anesthesia as they are after conscious sedation.
General Anesthesia is a method of facilitating deeper anesthesia. With general anesthesia, the patient is unconscious and does not see, hear, or feel anything. It provides pain relief, and amnesia (so that you don't remember the details surrounding your dental procedures) all at the same time.
General Anesthesia is an anesthetic management technique, which uses intravenous and/or inhalation agents to ensure a completely unconscious (asleep) patient. This technique is recommended for very young children, very resistant children, severe dental phobics, and special needs patients who are unable to cooperate for dental treatment.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Oral Sedation is a sedative pill taken by mouth is safe, convenient and economical. When administered by a qualified dentist such as our dentist, Oral sedation can be more effective and deliver a deeper relaxation state than other forms of sedation. When you come for your free initial consultation, the dentist will review your medical history and will determine if oral sedation is the best sedation option for you.
The Oral Sedation Procedure
The procedure is simple. When you arrive for your treatment you will be given an oral sedative which will put you into a relaxed and comfortable state. You will be awake but very drowsy. The time you spend in the dentists chair will feel like minutes. Before you know it the procedure is over and you will have little recollection of the entire experience.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation-Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide is one of the safest and the lightest forms of sedation available. It is non-allergenic and non-irritating.
The gas also tends to reduce gag reflexes and saliva flow. Patients will feel totally relaxed during their treatment when sedated with nitrous oxide.
The Nitrous Oxide Sedation Procedure
A small mask will be placed over the patient’s nose and adjusted so that the patient is comfortable. At this time, the patient will be breathing 100% oxygen.
The dentist will gradually introduce nitrous oxide. Once the patient feels completely relaxed, the procedure will begin.
At the conclusion of the sedation dentistry treatment, the patient will once again receive 100% oxygen (for a minimum of 3 - 5 min). At the end of this time, the person should feel absolutely back to normal.
IV Sedation or "Intravenous Sedation" is administered through a drug directly into a vein. IV Sedation is the most preferred and predictable method of sedation where deep sedation is desired. Profound state of relaxation and amnesia is achieved during IV sedation.
The IV Sedation Procedure
An extremely thin needle is inserted by our anesthesiologist into a vein close to the surface of the skin. IV drip consists of an anti-anxiety medication which puts the patient into a state of deep relaxation. Time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened.A local anesthetic will also be administered in conjunction with this method of dental sedation. When you come for your free initial consultation, the dentist will review your medical history and will determine if IV sedation is the best sedation option for you.
Pulse Oximeter & Blood Pressure Monitoring
During all sedation appointments, the blood pressure and pulse are continually monitored on our patients. In addition, we monitor the oxygen saturation levels of the blood with a pulse oximeter that gently clips onto the finger.
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