So you hate going to the dentist? Do you get nervous at just the thought of someone poking around inside your mouth? Have you dealt with the pain of a toothache or given up on your oral health just because of your fear of the dentist? It’s time to put your fears to rest with sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses different types of medication to assist patients in getting comfortable and relaxing throughout a dental procedure. In most cases, patients are mildly sedated and remain fully conscious and awake, able to respond to commands as usual. The only exception is those who undergo IV anesthesia.
What Types of Sedation?
There are several different types and levels of sedation.
● Minimal sedation, such as nitrous oxide gas, allows you to feel relaxed and calm, but you are fully awake. Nitrous oxide is inhaled by the patient and it wears off quickly.
● Moderate sedation, such as oral conscious sedation, keeps you awake, but you may feel sleepy and groggy and not remember much of the procedure.
● IV anesthesia – An anesthesiologist works beside Dr. Scott keeping you asleep throughout the procedure.
We’ll work with your needs to determine what type of sedation is right for you.
Is It Safe?
The team at Paragon Dental is highly-trained to administer nitrous oxide and oral sedation. In cases of IV sedation, we bring an anesthesiologist into the office to control your level of sedation. We’re happy to address any concern you have, and we follow all guidelines according to the American Dental Association.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
Sedation dentistry works great for patients who:
● Have anxiety
● Have trouble sitting still
● Have a sensitive gag reflex
● Need extensive work completed
● Have experienced prior dental trauma
Contact us and find out how we can help you relax with one of our sedation dentistry options!