Sedation dentistry can be a great relief when you suffer from dental anxiety or want a more relaxing experience during your dental procedures. At Brightworks Dentistry, our team is trained to provide sedation dentistry options to help make our patients as comfortable as possible.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of sedatives or anesthetics during various dental care procedures. The purpose of sedation is to help the patient relax during treatment for a stress-free and painless experience. Sedation can be combined with a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and help the patient relax. This can make dental procedures more comfortable for patients who experience dental anxiety, have certain physical conditions that make it difficult to relax, or have other barriers to treatment.
Who Can Opt for Sedation Dentistry?
If you suffer from fear or anxiety due to dental procedures, sedation dentistry will be helpful for you. It could also be used on those who:
- Find it challenging to stay still in the dental chair
- Have a terrible gag reflex
- Need a lot of dental work to be completed
- Cannot bear dental pain
- Have exceedingly sensitive teeth
What Are the Types of Sedation Dentistry?
There are several kinds of sedation in dentistry, including:
This sedation option is available in the form of a pill or liquid that can be administered orally. While under oral sedation, patients become profoundly relaxed and drowsy but will remain conscious during the procedure.
IV Sedation is directed into the bloodstream through a small tube injected into your arm or hand. This sedation method is most often used on patients with excessive dental anxiety or for those undergoing extensive, complicated dental procedures. IV sedation can provide complete relaxation mentally and physically.
Nitrous oxide is a mild kind of sedation that our team administers as a gas. The sweet-smelling gas is combined with oxygen and given to the patient through a small mask placed over the nose during treatment.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
There is a risk associated with using anesthesia. However, it is usually safe when managed by an experienced and trained professional. If you have conditions like obstructive sleep apnea or obesity, consult with your dentist before undertaking the sedation. This is most probably because you are likely to develop other complications and problems from the anesthesia.
If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, call Brightworks Dentistry in Dunwoody, GA 30338 at (770) 450-0415 and schedule an appointment.