Everyone gets nervous when going to the dentist office. Sometimes we remember a traumatic experience we had when we were kids, other times we fear the procedure that we may have. Sometimes the thought of stepping foot in to the dentist office is worse than the tooth pain itself. At time maybe the anxiety is too much that it makes our whole body tense up. Whatever the reason we may be having dental anxiety is very real and can be hard to overcome alone. Sedation dentistry at our Boston dental practice can be the solution you have been looking for and can help you to keep calm during your dental visit. Sedation dentistry uses different forms of medication to help patients relax so a dental procedure can be performed.
Levels of Sedation
There are different levels of sedation that you need to be aware of so you may understand which is best for you.
Minimal Sedation– you are awake and aware but relaxed.
Moderate Sedation– you are conscious and may slur your words while speaking. You may or may not remember much of the procedure.
Deep Sedation– you are right on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
General Anesthesia– you are completely unconscious.
Types of Sedation
The following types of sedation are used in dental sedation. We will sit down with you individually to see what solution works best with the fears or concerns you may have.
Inhaled minimal sedation. You will breathe in nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. This gas helps you to relax and can be controlled by your dentist and you usually can communicate with them as needed.
Oral sedation. This can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation you would take a pill, in the same drug family as Valium and would usually be take an hour before the procedure. It will make you drowsy but you will still be awake. A larger dose may be given to yield a moderate level of sedation. This is the most common form of sedation dentistry.
IV moderate sedation. In this form of sedation you would receive the sedative drug through a vein. This way it would go to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation as needed.
Deep sedation and general anesthesia. This method allows you to have medication that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious (deeply asleep) during the procedure.
We Can Help!
Sedation Dentistry is not for everyone. Those with a real anxiety or fear that is preventing them from going to the dentist is the best suited for these types of sedation. However it may also be appropriate for individuals who:
-have a low pain threshold
-have a gag reflex
-can’t sit still in the dental chair
-have sensitive teeth
-need a large amount of dental work done
Other needs may arise where sedation is needed. We know this and are sensitive to our patients and will work with you to help you in any way we can.
Whatever the concern or need may be we will sit down with you personally to help figure out what is the best solution for you or the loved one you care about. We care how you feel and we want you to have the best experience possible. We want you to be comfortable and your needs are important to us. Schedule an appointment today!