Sedation Dentistry Questions and Answers
To reduce the anxiety level during dental procedures, we at Best Dental Care provide sedation dentistry, which help patients to relax during dental procedures. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! We serve patients from Tyler TX, Swan TX, New Chapel Hill TX, Noonday TX, Wood Springs TX, Whitehouse TX and Flint TX.
Many patients prefer sedation dentistry over standard dentistry. When a patient is slightly sedated during a procedure, the patient might find it easier to relax, or when a patient is under general anesthesia, the patient is likely to be more comfortable and feel much better about the dental procedure afterwards. To give you a better idea of what sedation dentistry is, please read on for some common questions we get at Best Dental Care.
What is sedated dentistry?
With sedated dentistry or sedation dentistry, medication is used to help patients relax during dental procedures. Some people call sedation dentistry “sleep dentistry,” but this isn’t entirely accurate, because patients are usually awake during the procedures. However, depending on the procedure, and the anxiety a patient is going through will depend the level of sedation they are offered:
The levels of sedation are:
- Minimal sedation – The patient is conscious but relaxed
- Moderate sedation – The patient is also conscious but very relaxed
- Deep sedation – The patient is on the edge of consciousness and especially relaxed
- General anesthesia – The patient is completely unconscious
Also, the patient may receive a local anesthetic (a numbing medication) for the procedure. This can help make the patient even more comfortable.
Is dental sedation safe?
For most patients, dental sedation is very safe. Most patients have no problem with nitrous oxide which is a common and very safe sedative. To make sure dental sedation will be safe for you, just speak with a dentist about it and ask the dentist about their experience with sedation. The dentist will answer all your questions and ask about your medical history to make sure you’ll be a good candidate for sedation dentistry.
When is sedated dentistry done?
Sedated dentistry can be done to help a patient feel more comfortable about going to a dentist or getting a particular dental procedure done. Sedated dentistry can also be done for a patient who:
- Has a bad gag reflex
- Needs a lot of dental work done
- Needs an invasive procedure
- Has especially sensitive teeth
- Wants a procedure to be especially comfortable (like a standard cleaning procedure)
- Struggles to sit still in a dentist’s chair (like a young patient)
If you have any other reason for wanting sedation, don’t hesitate to ask a dentist about it. If your child has a reason for wanting sedation, ask a dentist!
How do patients prepare for sedation?
It’s important to ask the dentist about how you should prepare for your procedure. It’s also important to prepare properly by following any instructions given by the dentist and staff! The dentist may give you instructions about:
- Eating or drinking before the appointment (like what foods to avoid)
- Dressing for the appointment
- Taking any medication the dentist previously prescribed
- Speaking with an anesthesiologist just prior to your procedure
- And more
During a simple consultation with a dentist, you’ll be able to learn more about what to expect from sedation dentistry. It’s very simple and safe for most patients, and it can make a procedure much easier too. This can be especially true for kids. If you want your procedure to be especially comfortable, or if your child wants a very comfortable procedure, then consider sedation dentistry at Best Dental Care.
You’re more than welcome to call us if you have any other questions about sedation dentistry or if you’d like a consultation with Best Dental Care’s dentist, Dr. Sachin Kocharekar. We hope to hear from you soon!