Sometimes individuals fear going to the dentist. Whether they have had bad experiences in the past or simply dislike having their mouth and teeth looked at, the truth is that many adults will actively avoid receiving the preventative or restorative treatment they need. This produces awful effects on overall oral health and wellness, as individuals are opening themselves up to the possibility of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and eventual tooth loss.
Bonita Dental Care offers an alternative to regular dentistry for patients who struggle to keep calm in the chair. Thanks to decades of technological innovation, we now provide sedation dentistry to combat anxiety and ensure everyone gets the dental treatment they need.
What It Is
Sedation dentistry is a beneficial treatment where patients are given a form of sedation before procedures like cleaning, exams, or more serious surgeries. The level of sedation based on a patient’s needs and whether they respond better to gas, pills, or an IV. These levels are:
- General Anesthesia
Under minimal sedation, a patient is still lucid and can hold a conversation with a dentist, but their anxiety is managed using a substance like laughing gas. Laughing gas combats anxiety and produces a light, happy sensation in the user, often resulting in laughing.
Next is moderate sedation, which is typically given as a pill. This type is also referred to as conscious sedation and is when a patient is lucid but starting to feel the effects of the medication. Slurring words is common, but the individual is awake.
When someone needs to undergo deep sedation, they are conscious but on the verge of slipping into unconsciousness. This method is necessary for severe cases or during procedures that could trigger anxiety, pain, or discomfort.
Finally, when someone has been given general anesthesia, they are entirely unconscious and unresponsive to the world around them. Patients should be awake by the end of treatment.
Any patient can receive a form of sedation dentistry as long as they speak to the office beforehand to decide on a treatment and what level works best for them.