Whether you’re visiting your dentist for preventive or restorative care, sedation dentistry offers a way to be treated in a comfortable manner. There are three types available, but which one is right for you? As you read on, your dentist explains the different options so you can be informed and confident about receiving the care you need.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
The word ‘sedate’ refers to being calm, dignified and unhurried. When applied to dentistry, it represents a way to overcome anxieties and phobias, two serious issues that, combined, affect over 30 million Americans. The result is that millions of people forgo the dental care they have access to.
To meet patients’ specific needs, there are three types of sedation dentistry available.
General Anesthesia for Dental Surgery
If you will undergo dental surgery, your dentist may employ general anesthesia, which is a mixture of inhaled gas and intravenous (IV) medications that leave you completely unconscious. Here are some of the benefits of this form of sedation:
- Provides painless and worry-free care for patients who typically have a higher tolerance for other types of medication
- Is useful for the more extreme cases of dental phobia
- Provides a means of comfortable care for more complex procedures like the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth
Medication that is delivered directly into the bloodstream is called IV Sedation. One of its advantages is that the effects are felt relatively quickly, and the process is made safer because the specialist will make adjustments throughout the treatment procedure to ensure your wellness.
When your treatment has completed, your dentist will discontinue the medication, and you’ll be able to recover faster than the typical times associated with oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Another way to address anxieties and phobias is for your dentist to prescribe oral conscious sedation, which usually comes in pill form. As soon as you arrive at your specialist’s office, you’ll be given the medication so that you can enjoy worry-free care.
As opposed to general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation doesn’t render patients completely unconscious, but there may be a partial lapse in memory of the procedure itself.
A final reason that sedation dentistry is necessary is that many people have heard someone talk about a negative dental experience, which makes them apprehensive about receiving care. This area of dentistry calms frayed nerves and opens a door to patients experiencing the best in oral health.
About the Author
Dr. John S. Keadle is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He would later go on to receive extensive training in multiple areas of care. As a testament to his commitment to excellence, Dr. Keadle has been selected as a Top Dentist in North Carolina by the International Association of Dentists. He provides patients with calm and relaxed care with sedation dentistry at New Smile Carolina, and he can be reached for more information through his website.