Routine dental exams and professional cleanings are an important part of your oral health. During your bi-annual visits, we will check for any tooth decay and dental diseases, as well as remove the plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. For some patients, a routine appointment can be a daunting task that causes fear or anxiety. In fact, many people have dental phobias that prevent them from receiving the proper oral care. If the thought of visiting our dental offices makes you uncomfortable or nervous, we can help. Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA offers several sedation options to alleviate dental phobias and provide a more comfortable experience.
Why We Offer Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry involves the use of certain medications to relax you during your appointment. Sedation can be used for everything from a simple tooth cleaning to more complex procedures. The type of sedation you receive depends on your circumstance and the procedure you need. Ultimately, your fears and anxiety need to be managed so you can receive the proper care. With sedation dentistry, there is no longer a reason for you to avoid the dentist.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Most patients with dental phobias will qualify for sedation dentistry. Your overall health, including any physical and mental conditions, must be addressed before you receive sedation. Illnesses like diabetes, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, and hypertension may need special considerations. In some cases, you may need clearance from your general physician.
To determine if you are a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry, Dr. Burke will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical assessment. Sedation dentistry is most appropriate for people who have severe dental phobias that truly prevent them from receiving dental care. It may also be suitable for patients with sensitivity issues, a strong gag reflex, and a low tolerance for pain. It is also recommended for patients that need a large amount of dental work.
In some circumstances, we may recommend sedation for children who are scared of going to the dentist. There are several steps you as a parent can take to reduce these fears. If they persist, we may suggest oral sedation or nitrous oxide.
Dental sedation is a safe and convenient option for children and adults alike. At Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA, we take the necessary steps and proper precautions before administering any form of sedation. During the sedation process, we also monitor your vital signs to ensure you or your child’s safety. Our team is highly-skilled, trained, and qualified by the ADA (American Dental Association) to administer several types of sedation.
Types of Sedation
There are four types of sedation offered in dentistry:
In almost every case, sedation also involves the use of local anesthetic. Local anesthetic is a medication that will numb your mouth and eliminate any pain or discomfort.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), is probably the most common form of sedation we offer. The gas is odorless, colorless, and fast-acting. It is considered an effective sedative because it produces feelings of euphoria while eliminating anxiety. It Is also one of the safest sedation methods available today.
Once the procedure is complete, we turn off the nitrous oxide and administer oxygen for at least five minutes to reduce side effects. The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off within a few minutes. You should be alert and awake before you leave the office.
Enteral or oral sedation is used for to sedate a patient while maintaining consciousness and all body functions. You will be able to respond to stimulus and answer questions. You may experience some minor amnesia after the procedure. Most enteral sedation involves a group of drugs known as Benzodiazepines. More specifically, you may be given the pills Halcion, Valium, or Ativan. The pill is usually taken about an hour before your procedure. Most patients report feelings of drowsiness, grogginess, and relaxation.
Enteral sedation is also easy to administer, easy to monitor, and cost-effective. Along with nitrous oxide, it is one of the safest forms of sedation. Most patients respond well to enteral sedation, especially younger children.
After your procedure, you should rest for the remainder of the day. You should not operate a motor vehicle after enteral sedation. Be sure to arrange a ride to and from your appointment.
General anesthesia is the strongest and most serious form of sedation available. For these reasons and more, general anesthesia is only used during the most complicated and lengthy procedures. In fact, this form of sedation in dentistry has become less common in recent years. General anesthesia may be recommended for wisdom tooth extractions, dental implant treatment, and other oral surgeries.
During your procedure, you will be completely unconscious. The sedative will be injected directly into the bloodstream using a hypodermic needle. We will monitor all vital signs to ensure your safety. Once the procedure is complete, you will need thorough recovery time in our office before leaving. As with other forms of sedation, you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office. Be sure to clear your schedule as you will feel groggy or sleepy for the remainder of the day.
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