The 411 on Oral Sedation
By Dental Design Studio
Does the mere thought of going to the dentist send fear through your body? Would you rather suffer through the worst toothaches than visiting your local dentist? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Many people have a phobia of going to the dentist that forces them to not receive treatment.
For the people who avoid dentists like bad dates, sedation dentistry will, most likely, take away most the anxiety that comes with going to the dentist. Sedation can be incorporated from the most advanced dental procedures to a simple mouth cleaning. How we incorporate sedation dentistry here at Dental Design Studio depends on the amount of anxiety you have.
Sedation dentistry uses medicine that will help patients relax during dental procedures. Most of the time patients are awake, except for those who are under general anesthesia.
Levels of sedation used include:
Minimal sedation: you’re awake but very relaxed.
Moderate sedation: During the procedure, you may slur your words and not remember much of the procedure.
Deep sedation: Your in-between sleep and awake, but you can still be woken up.
General Anesthesia: The patient is completely unconscious.
What We Use
We mostly use oral sedation to help our patients get through a procedure. At minimum, a pill is given within an hour before the procedure. The medicine will make you drowsy, but the patient will still be awake. A stronger dose can be given to create more substantial sedation.