If the thought of visiting the dentist sounds worse than dealing with the pain in your mouth, then sedation dentistry may be the solution to your fears. Stout Dentistry is happy to offer dentist-fearing patients in the Charlotte-area relaxing, comfortable dental treatments using various sedation methods.
Many patients have dental phobias. In fact, there’s even a name for it: Dentophobia. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist out of anxiety.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, also commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry,” uses medication that allows patients to relax during dental procedures. There are a variety of different types of sedation, including:
You likely know this by its more common name, laughing gas. We simply place a mask over your nose, you breathe in the gas, and the nitrous oxide will help you relax. Dr. Stout controls the amount of sedation you receive. Most patients can drive themselves home after their visit, as the gas wears off quickly once full oxygen is administered after the procedure. This is the only procedure that allows patients to drive home afterward.
Depending on the total dose provided, the level of sedation using oral pills ranges from minimal to moderate. Minimal sedation involves Halcion, (which is in the same drug family as Valium). Patients generally take the pill about an hour before the procedure and will feel drowsy, but awake.
Larger doses are given for those in need of more moderate sedation, also commonly referred to as conscious sedation. In this case, the patient will feel groggy and may even fall asleep. They won’t remember much of the procedure and will likely slur their speech. A gentle shake will usually wake them back up after the procedure.
Intravenous sedation is another common method of providing calming medication. In this case, the sedative enters directly through a vein. This allows for a deeper sedation where the patient remains awake, but less aware of what is going on. Recovery time is required prior to departure.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is a type of sedation where you will be asleep throughout the entire procedure. The drug is administered intravenously, as well as possibly through a gaseous anesthetic. Thorough recovery in the dental office is required before a patient may leave.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Generally, yes. Dr. Stout is certified in practicing certain types of sedation dentistry. However, as with any medical procedure, there is always a risk that comes with taking anesthesia. Prior to to the appointment, we will go over your medical history and determine whether sedation is appropriate for you. Additionally, we will go over potential risks together, and ensure that you understand what is involved.
For someone who already has a fear over going to the dentist, this can all seem even more scary. We invite you to get in touch to learn more if this applies to you. A member from our friendly team will walk you through the process to make sure you feel safe and comfortable going into the procedure. There is no reason to risk your oral health and avoid proper dental care due to a phobia. Give Stout Dentistry a call today at 704.332.7737.
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If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article it may be time to see Dr. Stout. Schedule an appointment with Stout Dentistry. Give us a call today at 704.332.7737.