If even the thought of going to the dentist’s office gives you severe anxiety, and you are not getting the dental treatment you need, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry at our office near Potomac. Many people would rather suffer the pain of a toothache than go to the dentist and have it cured. Sedation dentistry can be used for a simple filling or for oral surgery. You can discuss your fears with our dentist in Sterling and learn how sedation dentistry can help you have better oral and overall health.
Sedation dentistry uses different types of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It ranges from sedation for relaxation where the patient is still awake to general anesthesia where the patient is asleep.
The different levels of sedation dentistry are:
• Minimal sedation
• Moderate sedation
• Deep sedation
• General anesthesia
Along with different levels of sedation, there are different types. Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas that has been combined with oxygen. It helps you relax but usually wears off quickly. With this type, you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. With the other forms of sedation, you may need to have a driver with you.
Oral sedation may also be minimal or moderate according to the dose prescribed by the dentist. The medication is given a set amount of time before the treatment. It will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. If moderate sedation is required, a larger dose will be given. With this dose, you may fall asleep during the procedure.
Fear of visiting the dentist may be the most common reason why people opt for sedation dentistry, but there are other reasons such as a severe gag reflex that makes dental work almost impossible, a low threshold of pain, extremely sensitive teeth and needing major dental work. Sedation dentistry is also used for children who may be terrified of visiting the dentist’s office.
Sedation dentistry is a good option for people in Potomac and the surrounding area who fear dental work. During your initial dental appointment at Cascades Center for Dental Health in Sterling, you can learn about your options regarding sedation dentistry. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.