Many people avoid going to the dentist for regular checks because they are too afraid or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is an effective solution to provide those who are terrified of the dentist with a safe, anxiety-free dental experience. Denali Dental Care is proud to provide sedation dentistry to help patients overcome dental anxiety and fear.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry in which patients are given medicine to relax them during dental treatments. Sedation dentistry was once referred to as "sleep dentistry." However, most sedation dentistry patients are awake during their treatments. Patients are only given general anesthesia and rendered unconscious in very particular, critical cases.
Types of Sedation Used at Denali Dental Care
IV sedation dentistry is a type of conscious sedation that helps you relax during your session. This approach does not completely put you to sleep, but it does make you less aware of your surroundings, including what the dentist may or may not be doing to your mouth. That implies you can still respond to vocal orders or light nudging, and you shouldn't require assistance breathing. Unlike other forms of dental sedation that are inhaled or given orally, the dentist gives the anesthesia intravenously, or through your vein.
IV sedation is a safe and effective treatment choice for patients. Furthermore, sedation allows the patient to preserve their natural physiological reflexes and to breathe on their own, which is beneficial during dental treatments.
The most common method of sedation in dentistry is oral sedation. It entails the administration of a sedative drug. Halcion, medicine in the same class as Valium, is the most commonly used sedative medication in dentistry. Although most patients receive oral sedation in pill form, those who have difficulty swallowing pills, such as younger children and those with specific requirements, may receive oral sedation in liquid form.
Because oral sedation takes some time to take effect in patients, it is normally supplied an hour before a treatment. Depending on the dosage, it might cause mild to moderate drowsiness in individuals. Even mild sedation can make many patients drowsy, and in some cases, they may fall asleep throughout the treatment. However, there is a distinction to be made between this and losing consciousness.
If you have any concerns about sedation dentistry or would like to book an appointment, visit Denali Dental Care at 625 E. 34th Ave. #200, Anchorage, AK 99503 or call (907) 274-7691.