Choosing Sedation Dentistry10:56 pm James DeFinnis
If the thought of going to the dentist makes your entire body tense with fear, you are not alone. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 17.5% of Americans experience intense anxiety over visiting the dentist.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Sleep dentistry, as it is sometimes referred to, will help a patient relax during procedures, dental surgeries or uncomfortable appointments. But the name is somewhat misleading.
The truth is that conventional sedation options do not put the person completely to sleep. The sedatives allow individuals to remain calm and comfortable. In fact, with sedation dentistry, patients often have no memory of the procedure and this helps eliminate the fear of future appointments.
Sedation Dentistry Options
There are a variety of ways tension and stress can be handled by a qualified dentist. Sedation methods include inhalation (using nitrous oxide), oral (by taking a pill prior to the procedure) and intravenous (IV injection) done by a skilled anesthetist.
1. Local anesthesia. Most people are familiar with both topical and injectable anesthetics. These block the nerves that sense and transmit pain. They can be used in basic dental procedures such as filling cavities, preparing teeth for crowns or treating gum disease.
2. Medications. Several medications are available to help create comfortable and calming dental visits. Some drugs control pain, some help you relax, and others put you into a deep sleep during dental treatments. We also diffuse Young Living essential oils throughout the office to create a calming atmosphere as well.
3. IV Sedation. However, for patients with extreme dental anxiety, traditional numbing agents and oral sedation aren’t usually enough. In these situations, IV sedation, administered by a qualified anesthetist, is a viable option. This process is very useful in lengthy or multiple procedures during one visit. At Back Mountain if you decide to use this option, a friend or family member needs to drive you to and from our office.
Back Mountain Dental, serving Wilkes Barre, Kingston, Dallas, Shavertown, Forty Fort and neighboring communities offers sedation dentistry in conjunction with a professional anesthetist to ensure the safest and most tranquil procedures for our patients. We have various levels of sedation to accommodate patient needs.
Choose the Best Sedation for Your Needs
Dentists use sedation dentistry techniques to control pain and anxiety to treat thousands of patients safely every year.
The American Dental Association urges people to take an active role in their oral health care so that you and your dentist make the best decisions about the treatment that is right for you.
If you have concerns over your dental visit, we can help. Contact our office to discuss the options for sedation dentistry and IV sedation at 570-763-4360 or 570-696-1105. We are absolutely committed to providing a trusting, relaxing and positive dental experience for every patient.