How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve Your Dental Experience

How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve Your Dental Experience

Posted by Dr. Kevlyn on May 14 2021, 07:56 AM

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.   

How Sedation Works

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:

  • Minimal

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.

  • Moderate

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.

  • Deep 

With deep sedation, the patient is almost unconscious and unresponsive to commands. This is used mainly for surgical treatments.

  • General Anesthesia

General anesthesia results in complete loss of consciousness and is used only for complex oral procedures.

How Sedation Helps Improve Your Dental Experience 

  • If the sedation is administered orally, the pill taken the night before will help you get a good night’s sleep, while the one taken an hour before the scheduled procedure will keep you calm. Inhaled or IV sedatives work almost instantly. 
  • Any jittery feelings induced by the clinical surroundings that prevent you from keeping still in the dentist’s chair are effectively taken care of. This makes it easier for the dentist to perform the procedure.
  • If you have a hypersensitive gag reflex that acts up every time an instrument is inserted into your mouth, sedation will help paralyze that. 
  • Sedation also allows the dentist to perform lengthy procedures or even a series of procedures in one go, thus saving you time.
  • Pain is something one would always like to avoid. With sedation blocking the brain’s nerve receptors, there is no pain or discomfort during dental 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.

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