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Sedation Dentistry

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

woman dentist treats a patient's teethSome people are anxious about visiting the dentist. They may delay regular visits or put off much needed dental work because of it. Sedation dentistry is an option that can help relieve the anxiety for anyone who may be facing dental phobia, which affects over 30 percent of the population.

If you have dental phobia, or other concerns about going to the dentist, call our office at (803) 356-0700.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Through the use of sedative drugs, patients can enjoy a state of relaxation and calm throughout any dental procedures. While these medications can lessen the pain, patients will still need local anesthesia for some procedures. These safe sedative drugs can be given through an IV, injection, inhalation or in pill form and include:

  • Nitrous oxide.
  • Tranquilizers.
  • Depressants.
  • Anti-anxiety medications.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Patients have four options of sedation available to them.

  • Minimal: the patient still is aware and able to respond to instructions from the dentist.
  • Moderate: the patient is even more relaxed, and will respond to purposeful stimulation.
  • Deep sedation: the patient is asleep but can still be woken up easily
  • General anesthesia: the patient is asleep and will require time for the anesthesia to wear off before waking.

Why Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the most popular and widely practiced form of oral dentistry in the United States and Canada. Some reasons for this are:

  • Patients like the ease, relaxation and comfort.
  • With some sedation options, no needles are used.
  • Patients often have no memory of the visit.
  • Some feel as if they have slept through the procedure.

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

  • Patients often feel longer dental procedures are completed in minutes rather than hours.
  • Complex dental procedures can be performed with fewer office visits.
  • Routine dental care can be done on a regular basis.
  • The need for drastic dental procedures is greatly reduced.
  • Patients feel more confident about their smile.

What Are the Risks of Sedation Dentistry?

  • In most cases, insurance companies will not pay for sedation dentistry.
  • It is important to make sure dentists and dental assistants have received proper licensing, certification and training to use sedation drugs.
  • Patients must be monitored for any changes in blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels during all sedation procedures.
  • Sedation dentistry also may pose respiratory risks, such as aspiration, which is inhalation of a foreign object into the lungs during the dental procedure.
  • The patient may experience unexpected reactions to sedation drugs.

What to Do When Having Sedation Dentistry Procedures?

  • Make sure your schedule has been cleared for the entire day.
  • Arrange to have someone drive you to and from the appointment, especially if sedation medications are taken at home prior to the appointment.
  • Have the driver plan to stay for an additional two to four hours after the appointment to make sure everything is OK, and there are no complications from the sedation drugs.
  • Plan a light meal and a quiet evening at home to make a full recovery.
  • Have a list of emergency contacts available should the need arise.
  • Take it easy and don’t do too much too soon.

Please contact us at (803) 356-0700 for more information about our sedation dentistry services.

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