Generally, a dentist will only use a local anesthetic to numb the area where dental work is required. However, there are some patients who have a fear of the dentist, so they require a stronger method of sedation.
There are various levels of sedation available from the dentist. These sedation methods are commonly referred to as minimal, moderate or complete. A sedation dentist is one who is qualified to safely administer and monitor sedation medications to patients.
Is Sedation Used for all Treatments?
Although sedation is not needed for basic treatments, such as teeth cleaning or general check-ups, some patients may request it. Those who have a phobia of visiting the dentist will experience stress and anxiety, regardless of the purpose of the visit. Many times, even minimal sedation is enough to help the patient relax during an appointment.
For patients who suffer severe panic attacks when visiting the dentist, a stronger method of sedation can be used. Sedation options are available which will put the patient in an unconscious state, where he or she isn’t even aware that they are having work performed.
Types of Sedation
Minimal sedation usually comes in the form of nitrous oxide, which is commonly referred to as laughing gas. The effects of laughing gas are short-lived, so it won’t prevent you from driving home or to work after you leave the dental office. Another common form of minimal sedation involves taking a Halcion pill orally. When taken in a larger dose, Halcion induces a moderate sedative effect.
However, if the dentist wishes to constantly maintain a moderate state throughout sedation, he or she may choose an IV sedative. This method allows the dentist to control the level of sedation throughout your appointment.
For deep sedation your dentist will give you medication which will leave you on the edge of consciousness. If you are due to receive deep sedation during a dentist appointment, it is recommended that you bring someone with you to drive you home.
Fear of visiting the dentist should not prevent you from taking care of your teeth, gums and smile. At Spring Cypress Dental, we want our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed during all treatments, so contact us to find out which sedation options we can offer you. Our professional team will take you through the entire process, ensuring that all your fears and concerns are fully addressed.