There are many people who are afraid of going to the dentist and some actually avoid seeking dental care because they are afraid of what will happen once they are in the dentist’s chair. Thankfully, there is help available for people who experience true dental anxiety. With sedation dentistry, patients can feel much more comfortable seeking dental treatments of all types, regardless of the severity of their dental anxiety.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry seeks to help patients experience a greater level of emotional and physical comfort while their teeth are being worked on by the dentist. Sedation is used in various forms and strengths, depending on a patient’s level of anxiety and the dental work they are having carried out.
There are three main levels of sedation a patient can be put under. The dentist will decide which based on how anxious the patient becomes and the length of the dental procedure being carried out. Patients are active in their treatment plan so they can feel in better control knowing their needs will be met.
- Minimal sedation involves the use of a mild relaxant that is usually taken by mouth before the patient arrives at the dental office. This leaves the patient awake but they feel relaxed and much less anxious.
- Moderate sedation involves the use of stronger medications that are still taken by mouth. The patient is awake but may have difficulty speaking clearly and will likely remember very little of their dental procedure.
- Deep sedation, or general anesthesia, is a drug that is given intravenously. This medication causes the patient to be put to sleep while they are having their dental work done. This means they are not aware of anything occurring during the procedure and will not remember what happened.
Get Help Today
If you find yourself getting nervous about going to the dentist, Dental Care Burke can help. They offer plenty of sedation options to help ensure those who are anxious are able to receive the dental care they are in need of without being so nervous. Call them today and they will be happy to schedule your appointment.