Dental anxiety is a real condition that prevents many patients from seeking dental care. Some patients are fearful of even a simple cleaning procedure.; others will endure horrible toothaches to avoid seeing a dentist. Dr. Hamanshi Thakkar strives to keep all patients comfortable and relaxed. Anxiety over dental visits is no longer necessary, even for the most severe dental phobias. Any fear can be managed using the latest developments in sedation and anti-anxiety techniques.
Good dental health positively affects overall health, and no patient should be afraid to seek regular dental care or put off needed procedures due to fear. Whether a patient experiences general anxiety about seeing a dentist or has a fear of feeling pain, Belvidere Dental Design is equipped to help.
Can I Request Sedation at the Dentist?
While sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” sedation doesn’t always involve sleep. There are several different solutions to help an anxious patient relax and experience a stress-free dental visit or procedure- patients opting for sedation benefit whether undergoing simple cleanings or invasive procedures.
What is Sedation Dentistry in Belvidere?
There are four levels of sedation:
- Mild sedation: You are very relaxed, but awake.
- Moderate sedation (or conscious sedation): You won’t remember much of the procedure, but you can still talk.
- Deep sedation: You can still wake up if needed, but you are barely on the edge of consciousness.
- General sedation: You are totally asleep or unconscious.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is used to ease anxiety during a routine procedure or any uncomfortable visit. The gas is administered through a mask over the nose. Nitrous oxide mixes with oxygen, and the dentist controls the amount of sedation you receive. The effects wear off quickly, even enough that the patient can drive themselves home afterward. No other sedation method allows for driving following the procedure.
Enteral or Oral Sedation
Oral sedation is mild to moderate, depending on the dose and predicted results. The most common type of sedation dentistry is a pill with a smaller dose that makes the patient very drowsy but still awake. A larger dose is used to cause moderate sedation, where the patient is asleep but easily awakened.
Moderate IV Sedation
As indicated, IV sedation administered through an IV line directly into a vein. The sedation is adjusted as needed and monitored by the dentist. This type of sedation takes effect faster than oral medications.
Deep Sedation (General Anesthesia)
The effects of deep sedation range from almost unconscious to deeply asleep. It is not easy to awaken the patient until given reversal medication or until the anesthesia wears off.
Not only is sedation appropriate for anyone with real anxiety or fear of the dentist office, but other conditions make sedation necessary for other situations, as well:
- Children who refuse to cooperate with an examination (or are terrified)
- Patients with a severe gag reflex
- Patients with sensitive teeth
- Patients with a low pain threshold
- Patients requiring a large amount of dental work
Feel free to explore our website to learn more about Sedation Dentistry in Belvidere- or call our office for more information about the services we provide.Sedation Dentistry Belvidere
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