For some people, it’s heights. For others, it’s needles. For many, it’s spiders. And for a few, the idea of going to the dentist puts them in a state of absolute fear. Between 9% and 20% of Americans, in fact, would rather endure toothache than visit a dentist. Many others are considerably anxious when it comes to dental procedures. No matter what your fear level for dentistry, it usually intensifies the closer you get to the chair.
The Marconi Dental Group understands that these feelings develop, and we empathize. To help you cope with such a challenge, we offer sedation dentistry – the practice of using medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. However, different patients might require different options to relax. That’s why we offer our Carmichael area patients multiple levels of sedation dentistry to make things more comfortable.
Types of Sedation
Your dentist gives you a small pill to swallow, or a tablet to put under your tongue until it dissolves. There are no needles or masks involved. Most oral sedatives do not put you fully to sleep, but ease you into drowsiness within a matter of minutes. Many patients do not remember the procedure, and ‘wake up’ after the procedure is complete.
Inhalation conscious sedation
Using a nasal mask, a gas mixed with oxygen is administered to the patient throughout the procedure. Typically, the gas is nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas). This mixture helps the patient relax by creating a euphoric or light-headed feeling. However, most patients can still hear and respond to their dentist. Once the procedure is complete, the effects of the gas wear off within minutes.
IV conscious sedation
Using an IV, your dentist administers sedatives directly into the bloodstream. IV stands for intravenous, or “in the vein.” Patients are not fully asleep with this type of sedation either, allowing for limited communication with the dentist. The benefits of this method include reduced time before it takes effect and increased control over the level of sedation.
The Marconi Dental Group understands that every mouth is different, and so is every patient. Before deciding on any sedation technique, your dentist goes over your health history, including allergies, medical conditions, and any medications you are currently taking or have taken in the past.
If anxiety or fear is holding you back from ending tooth pain or getting a great smile, please let us know so we can set your mind at ease before, during, and after any dental procedure.