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Sedation Dentistry: What are the benefits?

sedation dentistry Clearwater FLAre you apprehensive about visiting the dentist because you heard about someone else’s negative experience? Perhaps you dread dental appointments because the sounds of dental instruments bother you. Whether you have phobias or anxieties attached to oral healthcare treatment or if you simply wish to enjoy treatment that is as comfortable as possible, our practice offers sedation dentistry to increase the comfort of our guests during procedures. Sedation dentistry is available in a few forms that produce feelings of relaxation and calm.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is available in a few forms. Our practice offers nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and conscious sedation. Each type of sedation presents different benefits. For example, nitrous oxide is considered a mild form of sedation that provides euphoric effects, which come on and wear off quickly so that patients can transport themselves to and from appointments.

Oral sedation, stronger than nitrous oxide, involves the administration of prescription medication. Benzodiazepines, a class of medication formulated to combat anxiety, are commonly prescribed because while they are considered relatively mild sedatives, they are effective. This medication can increase comfort for those with nervousness or those receiving more complex or invasive treatment. Since this type of medication affects motor function, those receiving oral sedation should not drive.

The last type of sedation dentistry offered at our practice is conscious sedation. Conscious sedation is administered intravenously but it is not the same as general anesthesia. Patients are not induced into an unconscious state. Instead, conscious sedation allows patients to respond to questions or instructions but for the most part, our guests rest peacefully while our team provides high quality treatment.

Who Benefits from Sedation

While it is best to consult with a dental professional to determine whether sedation dentistry is right for you, most people can benefit from the use of nitrous oxide as this compound does not have lingering effects after treatment. Medications used for oral and conscious sedation, however, can have contraindications with other medications and health conditions. This is why it is important to discuss your health history with a professional.

For more information about sedation dentistry, call our office to schedule time with our dentist.

Is sedation dentistry a good choice for children?

sedation dentistry Clearwater FLIf your child is particularly nervous about having work done at the dentist, or if she requires extensive treatment such as restorations or extractions, sedation dentistry can be a good option to keep her comfortable and anxiety-free. Your family dentist must be specially trained in pediatric sedation, so be sure to ask if sedation is a possibility for your child.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an approach used to increase your comfort or the comfort of your child during dental procedures. Although local anesthetic can eliminate discomfort, your child might still be overly anxious about having a tooth drilled, crowned, or extracted. Sedation can help her be completely relaxed during the procedure.

For children, your family dentist will probably use oral sedation with a liquid medication rather than a pill. The medication is taken before the appointment, and your child’s vital signs are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure she is safe and comfortable. You might receive instructions from your dentist to limit your child’s food intake both before and after the procedure. Your child will probably be groggy after the appointment, so it’s important to be there to help her get reoriented.

Why Use Sedation with My Child?

Children are particularly susceptible to anxiety during dental work because they don’t necessarily understand what’s being done or why. It’s hard to explain to a child that they need to undergo some discomfort now to prevent larger problems later. Severe anxiety at the family dentist can cause severe dental anxiety in the future, so if your child seems overly anxious or is very young, sedation can be a better option than just using local anesthetic.

Pediatric sedation is different from adult sedation because the patient is smaller and less able to relate her condition to the dentist. Sedation for children requires special training and monitoring. Ask our team about how we can help at your next appointment!

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