Do you struggle to visit the dentist on a regular basis because of fear, anxiety, or a sensory disorder? Do you know someone who has avoided having their teeth checked for years because they are afraid of sitting down in the dentist’s chair? Do you really need to get a toothache examined, but don’t think you can stomach the sight of those metal instruments?
Sedation dentistry is a rising field in the profession that utilizes sedatives to calm patients before and during treatment. Sedatives are a type of medicine that lowers brain activity, resulting in calmness and relaxation. Sedatives can even be used as a form of anesthetic at high levels, rendering an individual unconscious.
When you visit Main Dentistry, you have the option of choosing sedation dentistry at four different levels to help you remain calm while getting the dental care you need to stay healthy.
Sedation dentistry is administered through the use of pills, gases, or even IVs. There are four levels of sedation that can be implemented based on your personal needs. These are:
The most frequently used levels are minimal and moderate. Both can be achieved using swallowed medication or nitrous oxide. At minimal sedation, you are calm but lucid. You will be able to talk to the dentist and be aware of the procedure (like a dental cleaning) but not be anxious or afraid. At moderate sedation, you will be sleepy and might slur your words. It is normal to not remember the entire treatment.
Deep sedation and general anesthesia are reserved for patients who have severe reactions to seeing the dentist or for those who have sensory conditions. You are at the edge of consciousness and won’t remember the appointment at a deep level. Under general anesthesia, you would be completely unconscious and unaware of your surroundings.
To take advantage of sedation dentistry in The Colony, TX, please let us you are interested when setting up an appointment at Main Dentistry.