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A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Over half of the population has some kind of dental fear, from people who feel a little uncomfortable, to those who are so terrified they can't step foot in a dental office. At Robertsdale Dental Care, we understand each person's dental fears are unique and are a real concern. We are able to alleviate those feelings of fear and anxiety with Sedation Dentistry, and by giving our patients the personalized care they need.
Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist. The more comfortable our patients are during their visits, the better they can receive the dental care needed to keep their teeth and gums healthy. As each dental visit becomes more positive, we find that sedation dentistry patients become less apprehensive about making and keeping appointments. When you know you can sit through dental treatment without feeling fearful, you find the prospect of dental care more appealing. At Robertsdale Dental Care, we offer various forms of sedation to meet the needs of each patient.
Sedation dentistry is popular because in most cases the sedative works so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterwards. Safety and compliance are two important aspects of any dental treatment, and sedation dentistry offers both.
Whatever the form of sedation, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver. Sometimes, sedatives are provided the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not advisable.
Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:
What kinds of sedation are available?
At Robertsdale Dental Care, we offer Nitrous Oxide, Oral Conscious Sedation, IV Conscious Sedation, and General Anesthesia in a Local Hospital. Different levels of sedation can be utilized depending on the patient's individual needs. Before administering any sedative, we will complete a Health & Physical and analyze the full medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications.
Here is an overview of our Dental Sedation Options:
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide including a light tingling and numbness that may be felt. Nitrous is easily cleared out of your body and you are able to drive and function without any lasting effects. Nitrous has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who are anxious, but don't want IV Sedation. We prescribe oral medication that is taken prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Some patients sleep with this type of sedation and others notice a dullness of their senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells, or noises associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken the night before, 30 minutes prior to the appointment, and then again during the procedure as required. After the procedure is completed most patients continue to feel groggy. That is why we require you to have a designated driver to and from the appointment.
IV Conscious Sedation
Intravenous Sedation is a moderate type of sedation. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Unlike general anesthesia, which also is delivered intravenously, IV Sedation is a form of conscious sedation where the patient is never completely asleep. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. IV sedation is great for longer and more complex procedures. Patients will continue to feel sedated when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why we require you to have a designated driver to and from the appointment.
Hospital Sedation is a deep type of sedation that is only administered in a hospital facility. In most cases we are able to complete any procedure with our in-office sedation. Rarely, but in certain cases, we may need to complete a hospital sedation to safely complete dental procedures for patients who have a complicated medical history, a challenging medical condition, or special needs. This type of sedation is also great for longer, more complex dental procedures.
If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please contact our office.