Relaxing and feeling comfortable while in the dentist’s chair may seem unbelievable especially for people who experience dental anxiety, but with sedation dentistry, patients can do just that. Here at For You Dental in Dallas, TX, we offer sedation dentistry to our patients to ensure that they have a pleasant dental experience.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, refers to the use of medication or anesthesia on patients in order to provide an anxiety-free, relaxed and calm state of mind during dental procedures. This is usually used for more invasive dental procedures and treatments that require a longer amount of time in the dentist’s chair. They’re also generally administered to patients who exhibit extreme anxiety while receiving dental treatments.
What are the types of sedation administered?
The options for sedation greatly depend on the treatment or procedure being performed as well as the patient’s level of anxiety. For You Dental offers both oral and intravenous sedative options for our patients.
Oral sedatives are the most common and easiest type of sedation dentistry. This involves the patient taking an anti-anxiety pill at least 30 minutes before the treatment depending on the dosage of the medication and the level of anxiety of the patient.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Another type of sedation dentistry is intravenous sedation. This involves a sedative drug that is administered into the bloodstream through the veins of the patient. The drugs used in IV sedation are usually benzodiazepine, or “benzo”, an anti-anxiety sedative that can cause the patient to feel sleepy, calm and relaxed. Unlike in oral sedation, this type of sedation enables the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation during the treatment, depending on the anxiety level of the patient and stage of the procedure.
Whatever the type of sedation dentistry, patients will also still get local anesthetic.
Dr. Ashlea Drakeford of For You Dental and her dental care team are well trained in these types of sedation. If you’re anxious about your upcoming dental work or treatment, you can always ask Dr. Drakeford for the types of sedation dentistry options available for you.
Is sedation dentistry safe for all patients?
Sedation dentistry is generally safe for all patients as long as it is carried out by a trained and experienced dentist. However, certain contraindications exist and therefore, caution must be exercised for the following:
- Pregnant patients;
- Patients who have allergies to benzodiazepine;
- Patients with CNS depression;
- Patients with alcohol intoxication; and,
- Patients who have glaucoma.
Who are ideal candidates for sedation dentistry?
Aside from patients who have dental anxiety, the following are also good candidates for sedation dentistry:
- Those who have fear of needles;
- Those who have sensitive teeth;
- Those who have complex dental issues;
- For children who can’t stay put in the dentist’s chair;
- Those with gums or mouth that has experienced difficulty with local anesthetics in the past;
- Those with traumatic past dental experiences;
- Those who have difficulty in controlling their movement like those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy.
You can talk to Dr. Drakeford to find out if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have any condition which you think can affect your responsiveness to sedatives or any other medical conditions for which you are currently being treated, you can disclose these to Dr. Drakeford to determine whether or not sedation dentistry is good for you.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry will not only make the dental procedure smooth and easy for the patient, but also for the dentist. With sedation dentistry, patients will feel that the procedure only takes a short time to perform when it fact it has probably lasted an hour or more. Patients feel comfortable during the entire procedure, even if the procedure involves complicated dental work. Sedation dentistry also helps patients with their gag reflex and uncontrollable movement that can hinder or slow down the procedure. Most importantly, sedation dentistry addresses the fear of patients (especially children) of going to the dentist so patients are more likely be receptive and open to going back to the dentist in the future.
For You Dental aims to make our dental treatments easier and more comfortable to our patients. Talk to Dr. Drakeford about your fears and concerns so that we can help decide the best treatment for you through a painless, relaxed and anxiety-free dental procedure. Step out from the shadow of your dental anxiety and into the calm of sedation dentistry!
To learn more about sedation dentistry and the services we offer, visit For You Dental in Dallas, today or call us at (972) 386-4999 to book your appointment!