From mild sedation to full anesthesia available
Sedation Dentistry - Ontario California
Does the thought of visiting the dentist, even for a routine cleaning, make you anxious? Do you fear going and would rather suffer with a toothache instead of seeing the dentist? Numerous people are just as fearful and would prefer to not have any treatment, even when experiencing toothache. Instead of avoiding your dentist you should ask them if they offer sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is available for most procedures even a simple tooth cleaning. A combination of techniques and medication are used to help patients relax. Your dentist will determine the type of sedation depending on how severe your anxiety is about your appointment.
- Minimal sedation allows the patient to be relaxed while fully awake. Nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas” is the most widely used technique to reduce anxiety.
- Moderate sedation will cause patients to forget most of the procedure but still be able to talk with slurred words. Enteral sedation is a pill or liquid that is taken orally before the procedure begins. This allows you to be relaxed but no longer nervous about what is going to happen.
- Deep sedation allows the patient to easily be awakened but takes them to the edge of consciousness. This is generally achieved via IV sedation and requires recovery time before leaving the office, as well as needing someone to take you home.
- General anesthesia causes the patient to be unconscious during the entire procedure. You will need a longer recovery time in the office before being released to go home, and you need to ensure you have someone to take you home.
Before your dentist schedules your appointment for sedation dentistry they will need to go over your medical background and current medical issues. It is important that you make your dentist aware of any medical conditions especially cardiac disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and hypertension as these may require clearance from your physician prior to sedation.