Do you start sweating when you schedule your dentist appointments? Are you worried about the next procedure you’ll need to keep your teeth clean, healthy, and beautiful?
Most people get extremely nervous before a major dental appointment, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Modern dentistry involves many different types of sedation techniques that can help you stay calm and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Of course, if you’re just coming in for a routine cleaning or exam, you won’t need to be sedated (even if you feel like you do!), but for major dental work, the right anesthesia is key to a comfortable and successful procedure.
What is Dental Sedation?
While surgical procedures usually require that patients are fully asleep during the operation, this is rarely the case for dental procedures. Instead, sedation dentistry is the norm for procedures like dental implants or gum disease treatment. There are different types of sedation and the appropriate type for each patient depends on their comfort level and the type of procedure being performed. Many people with significant anxiety about dental procedures or those with a low pain tolerance prefer a higher level of sedation, even for a less invasive procedure. So what types of sedation are available to patients?
Orally Administered Sedation
Oral sedatives are given in pill form for minimal sedation, and they are typically taken about an hour before the appointment. The typical drug used is known as Halcion, similar to Valium. Oral sedation causes mild to moderate drowsiness, and some patients even fall asleep. This is a popular choice because it’s easy to use and helps patients relax.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Nitrous oxide is often known as “laughing gas”. It’s administered through a mask placed over the nose. The gas does not last long, but it can help relax patients during dental procedures. This type of sedation wears off quickly and adult patients are able to drive themselves home after their procedure.
IV Conscious Sedation
This is a deeper level of sedation that is administered through an IV in the arm. Because of this, IV sedation is only used for more invasive or extensive procedures. The sedation works quickly, allowing the dentist to get to work right away. While patients are still conscious, they remain in a level of sedation, which can be monitored and adjusted throughout the process.
For many of the sedation options above, local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area since patients will be awake during the procedure. Local anesthesia is used in combination
Choosing a Compassionate Provider
If you’re worried about your upcoming dental appointment, then it’s very important to choose a dentist who has both renowned skill and compassion for your anxieties. Drs. Gallardo and Lamas in Miami are experts in gum disease and dental implants, offering a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore the health and beauty of your teeth. If you’d like to learn more about your options for sedation during your procedure, don’t hesitate to ask when you come in for your appointment. Call 305-547-8687 today to schedule your appointment with our acclaimed providers.