The thought of undergoing a dental procedure can fill many with fear, to a point where they may even lose sleep over an upcoming appointment. In fact, dental anxiety can be so extreme that some choose to compromise their oral health rather than going in for a consultation.
Sedation dentistry uses anxiety-reducing drugs to help such people cope with fear. In this article, the team at Belleview Family Dentistry in Greenwood Village, Colorado, shares details on what sedation dentistry entails and the reasons to opt for it.
Depending on how acute a patient’s anxiety is, sedation can be used for procedures ranging from teeth cleaning to more invasive procedures. Here are the most common options available for sedation:
With minimal sedation, the patient is relaxed but awake after being administered either a pill called Halcion or nitrous oxide through a mask for inhalation.
With moderate sedation, administered orally or through IV, the patient is less conscious but still able to respond to the dentist’s questions. The patient may have little or no recollection of what transpired during the appointment.
With deep sedation, the patient is almost unconscious and unresponsive to commands. This is used mainly for surgical treatments.
General anesthesia results in complete loss of consciousness and is used only for complex oral procedures.
If you are looking for a stress-free dental experience with sedation dentistry, call Belleview Family Dentistry at (303) 290-0962 or visit us at 8200 E Belleview Ave # 425 East Tower, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.