What is Sedation?
Sedation is a process that puts a patient in a relaxed, calm, peaceful or unconscious state. It usually involves medications but can also involve suggestions to the subconscious. There are various levels of sedation and various ways to induce sedation.
Dental sedation comes in various forms. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Please know that if you are nervous or very afraid of dental visits that there is a form of sedation that will work for you and help you receive the dental care you need or desire in a comfortable manner.
- Hypnosis – uses the power of suggestion to help a patient relax. Most dental fears come from a person’s subconscious.
- Nitrous Oxide Gas (laughing gas, happy air, etc.) – this is the most common form of dental sedation. It is very safe and non-invasive. A rubber mask is placed on your nose and you breathe a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen. You actually get more oxygen than when you breathe room air. It takes 5-10 minutes to work. Your arms and legs will feel heavy. Your fingers and toes may tingle. You have an “I don’t care” attitude. Everything seems far away. Time seems to go faster. At the end of the procedure you are given 100% oxygen and within a few minutes you will be back to normal again. You are then free to drive, go back to work, etc.
- Oral Conscious Sedation – As the name implies, this form involves taking pills. There are various drugs that can be used for dental sedation. They vary in how fast they work and how long they last. This is a deeper sedation but you still have your swallowing reflex. You may feel so relaxed you snooze but at any point you can be easily awakened and communicate. Often these drugs will have an amnesic effect.
The next day you will have very little, if any, memory of your dental visit.The downside is that you have to have a responsible adult take you home and be with you for several hours after the dental visit. You can’t drive or work the rest of the day.
- IV Sedation (parenteral sedation) – This is a deeper sedation. It requires more training and monitoring equipment. This can be done in the dental office or in a surgery center or hospital setting. The good thing is that it works quickly, lasts as long as needed and provides profound sedation. Usually you go to sleep by breathing a special gas and then an IV is placed. Reversal drugs can be readily administered if needed. Like oral conscious sedation you must have a ride home and someone to be with you for the rest of the day.
At Healthy Smiles Dental we use all these forms of sedation to help our apprehensive patients feel comfortable. So if you are considering sedation dentistry Anchorage, AK give us a call today at 907-341-3139. Come in for a FREE consultation to meet us, see our office and have your questions answered!
Why Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?
Are you one of those people who, for one reason or another, has been putting off or avoiding going to the dentist? You know you need to call and make an appointment but a past experience was so unpleasant that you just don’t want to repeat it. You hope that everything in your mouth is OK or you hope the pain you are experiencing will just go away on its’ own, but deep down inside you know it won’t.
If any of this sounds familiar you may be a good candidate for a visit to a sedation dentist. It has been proven over and over that good dental health is essential to overall good health and we all know that a pleasing smile helps us feel more confident and successful. Visiting the dentist regularly is an essential component to good dental health.
Sedation dentistry has been rising in popularity in recent years because of the advantages it presents for patients. It allows dentists to fully utilize their skills and provide great work for their patients. It also helps eliminate the common problem of delaying necessary dental procedures due to fear as sedation ensures patient comfort like never before.
Is sedation all you need to have a great dental experience? No! The first step is to find a dentist that helps you to feel comfortable and at ease, one who is patient, gentle, willing to explain everything and to answer all of your questions. In other words, a dentist you can trust. Trust is number one. You need to know that if something does bother you, you can tell him(her) and they will stop and do what it takes to help you feel comfortable. So don’t be afraid to interview a few dentists, visit a few offices. Listen to your gut. That is why we offer a FREE consultation so you can come into the office, feel the calm, serene, spa-like atmosphere, meet Dr. Preece and his caring, friendly team members and ask any questions you may have. This is a no obligation, non-threatening opportunity to gather the information you need to make the best decision for your care. So don’t delay any longer. Pick up the phone and give us a call at 907-341-3139!