Maximize Comfort with Sedation Dentistry
If you feel anxious in the dental office, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans avoid the dentist altogether due to fear and anxiety. Fortunately, sedation dentistry helps relax the mind and body for a more comfortable experience. At Everhart Dental, we offer sedation options so that you can receive the treatment you need and deserve.
Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Virtually anyone who desires a more comfortable dental experience can be considered for sedation dentistry. Sedation may be right for patients who:
- Are nervous in the dental chair
- Feel claustrophobic during treatment
- Have sensitive teeth
- Are fearful of needles
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Need extensive dental work
- Have had past traumatic dental experiences
- Have difficulty controlling movement
To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule a visit at our Riverview practice. Give us a call at (813) 630-4079.
Sedation is available for patients of all ages. Dr. Pojtek can help determine which option will be most beneficial for you.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are various types of sedation used in dentistry. The three most common are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation, which we will explore in more detail in the sections below.
You may know nitrous oxide by its other name, laughing gas. This type of sedation is administered via inhalation; therefore, the patient wears a mask or nosepiece during treatment. Before your procedure begins, you will be asked to breathe in normally with the mask in place. Most patients feel the effects within three to five minutes. Generally, nitrous oxide induces a feeling a relaxation and euphoria. Patients are still aware of their surroundings, but are much more carefree. Because the dosage can be adjusted at any point during the treatment, nitrous is incredibly safe and effective. Best of all, the effects wear off quickly, so patients can drive themselves to and from our office.
Oral Conscious Sedation
The next level of sedation is administered orally. Typically, patients will be instructed to take a sedative medication approximately one hour prior to their appointment. The dosage is determined by the individual’s height and weight. Generally, oral conscious sedation makes the patient feel at ease and relaxed. In fact, many people even fall asleep during treatment. However, patients are still able to communicate with the doctor and staff if necessary. Because sedative medications stay in the system for a longer period of time, patients who choose this option will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
The highest level of sedation offered in most dental practices is IV sedation. This option offers the most control, as it is administered intravenously and can be adjusted throughout the duration of treatment. Most individuals fall asleep during their procedure. Unlike general anesthesia in the hospital, however, patients are still able to answer questions and communicate with the dental team. Upon waking, most individuals have little to no recollection of the procedure. Because IV sedation directly affects motor skills and cognitive ability, it’s important that patients have a driver with them.
A Note about Local Anesthesia
It’s important to mention that sedation dentistry is intended for relaxation and alleviation of anxiety; it does not provide pain relief. Therefore, we administer local anesthesia in conjunction with sedative medications for optimal comfort.
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry at Everhart Dental
If you suffer from dental anxiety, explore options in sedation dentistry at our Riverview, FL practice. Contact us to schedule an appointment at (813) 630-4079.