Answers to Some of the Most Common Questions About Sedation Dentistry

October 10th, 2013 → 3:57 pm @

Sedation dentistry is becoming an increasingly popular option for many patients. If you’ve been delaying critical dental treatments or a routine check-up and cleaning because of a dental phobia, then sedation dentistry could be right for you. Talk to your dentist today about your sedation options and keep reading to find out more about it.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation?
Most people are good candidates for sedation dentistry. This option not only benefits people with dental phobias; it also helps people who have a sensitive gag reflex, chronic jaw pain, or physical issues like back pain. Additionally, dentists recommend it for those who require extensive dental treatments. It may enable you to have all of your dental treatments performed in one visit, rather than several. Before undergoing sedation, disclose your full medical history to your dentist. Inform him or her of any medical conditions you have, medications you take, or previous reactions to sedatives you’ve experienced.

What are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?
You have a few different options to choose from, depending on the level of sedation you prefer. Nitrous oxide is the lightest level of sedation. You’ll breathe in the nitrous oxide and soon you’ll feel relaxed. However, you’ll be fully conscious. With this level of sedation, you can drive yourself home after your appointment. If you prefer a deeper level of sedation, ask the dentist about oral medications. An oral sedative will make you calm and sleepy; however, it will not put you to sleep. Intravenous (IV) sedation provides an even deeper level of sedation. You’ll remain conscious; however, you’ll be completely at ease.

How Long does Sedation Last?
It varies from patient to patient. If you use nitrous oxide, the effects tend to wear off by the time your appointment ends. If you choose oral or IV sedation, you might feel the effects for two to six hours. You’ll need someone else to drive you home and you can expect to rest for several hours after your appointment.

Patient safety and comfort is our priority at Sanford Dental Excellence. Residents of the Lake Mary area who would like to learn more about sedation dentistry are invited to call our office at (407) 268-6409. Dr. Seidler is fully trained and licensed in the …Read More

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