Benefits of Sedation Therapy
It is true that many people will not visit a dental office regularly, not because they do not know the importance, but because they fear the dental treatment experience. Even the thought of the discomfort that they could possibly experience during treatment makes them so afraid that they’d rather stay away.
If you are one of such individuals, sedation therapy at our East Charlotte dentist office is meant especially for you. Dr. Michael Stout offers Sedation dentistry services that can help you overcome the fear and anxiety that is often associated with visiting your dentist office. So, what is sedation dental therapy all about and what can you expect?
Sedation Therapy and Types
Sedation therapy basically entails the use of any of a number of techniques to help patients feel relaxed and extra comfortable during a dental procedure. It offers a proven means of helping patients get over their fear of seeking treatment by ensuring that you experience absolutely no pain or discomfort.
Often referred to as sleep therapy or sleep dentistry by some people, this treatment relaxation method does not always induce sleep. Patients often remain awake throughout the treatment process but will be in a more relaxed state.
We discuss below common types of sedation that are used in dentistry.
Inhaled minimal sedation
This involves the use of nitrous oxide, which most people probably know as “laughing gas.” Inhaled minimal sedation is the method that is used most in dental offices in the United States.
Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and you breathe it through a mask placed over your nose. This won’t put you to sleep, but will only make you more relaxed. The “laughing gas” option also ensures there is little or no downtime after a procedure.
Also called oral sedation, this type of sedation therapy involves the use of an oral drug or solution. You’d usually take a pill, most commonly triazolam (Halcion), about an hour before you have your treatment. This will make you feel drowsy, but you will remain awake.
A higher drug dose is often used to induce moderate sedation in dentistry. When this is done, patients may fall asleep, although they’d usually wake with a gentle shake.
Intravenous (IV) sedation
A sedative can also be injected via IV drip, this approach is preferred when there is a need to get the drug to produce desired effects faster. It also offers a better means of controlling sedation.
You will remain awake with IV sedation. But you will not be as conscious as with the previous two methods.
Intravenous (IV) sedation
This is the type of sedation therapy that can put you into a deep sleep. You are given drugs that either make you almost or totally unconscious.
In addition to having an intravenous injection, you may also need to inhale a gaseous anesthetic. You will need more recovery time after a procedure involving general anesthesia. The effects have to wear off before you can wake from sleep.
Often, you’d also get an anesthetic injection at the treatment area to reduce discomfort.
Who is Sedation Therapy Ideal for?
The use of sedation or anesthesia is relevant to all dental procedures, ranging from simple to complex. It is the particular method to employ that will usually vary between patients.
Sedation therapy is especially for people who have a phobia for visiting a dental office. The groups of people who can benefit include:
- Children who dread going to a dentist or wouldn’t cooperate when at a dental office
- Those that have teeth that are very sensitive
- Individuals who are extra-sensitive to pain
- Persons who require complex and highly invasive dental procedures
Your doctor may also recommend sedation therapy if you are the type that won’t sit still while a procedure is being conducted.
Typically, your medical history will be examined before you can have sedation therapy. Hypertension, diabetes and cardiac disease are some of the medical conditions that an ideal candidate should not have.
Do We Offer This Therapy At Our East Charlotte Dental Practice?
Majority of dentists are able to offer this therapy. But the larger number of these can only perform minimal sedation. They mostly use nitrous oxide, but more dentists are now able to perform moderate sedation. With an appointment at our east charlotte dental practice, we will discuss with you all of your options
Only a tiny fraction of dentists are qualified to perform general anesthesia. A dentist is required to have a special sedation license to use more complex techniques. Dentists often have to hire other qualified dentists or physicians to perform sedation therapy for this reason.
We invite you to get in touch to learn more if this applies to you. A member of 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.