Sleep or sedation dentistry allows patients who are scared of the dentist to be medicated during their visit.
Although this type of sedation is often referred to as “sleep dentistry,” most patients are not actually asleep — unless they are under general anesthesia.
If you are someone who would rather endure the pain of a toothache rather than visit a dentist, sedation may help you relax enough to get through your visit and treat the problem.
Being sedated doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping through your entire visit. In fact, more often than not, your dental procedure will only require that you are relaxed, not asleep.
There are several different levels of sedation, including:
Minimal sedation: You are awake and alert, but more relaxed.
Moderate sedation: You are conscious, but likely a little loopy/slurring your words.
Deep sedation: You are almost asleep, but just conscious enough that your dentist can wake you.
General anesthesia: You are completely asleep and unconscious throughout your procedure.
Some of the sedation types your dentist may offer are:
Inhaled minimal sedation: You will breathe in nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” through a mask placed over your nose. Not only will you be able to relax, but you may also drive home after your procedure.
Oral sedation: In this case, you will likely be given a pill to help you relax. Depending on the procedure, your dentist can adjust the dose for your comfort. Most patients become drowsy after oral sedation.
IV moderate sedation: Your dentist will administer a sedative through your vein, while controlling your dose throughout your procedure.
General anesthesia: This type of sedation will put you to sleep and render you unconscious throughout your procedure.
Sedation dentistry is meant for patients with a real fear of having dental work done. Most people who consider it truly have a phobia or anxiety about visiting the dentist.
Some reasons you may want to consider being sedated at your next visit are:
If you would like to learn more about sleep dentistry, book an appointment online, or call Ronald P. LuBovich, DDS, today.
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