You freely admit that you’re afraid of going to the dentist – just thinking of leaning back in the chair is enough to make you shudder. You’ve heard of sedation as a way of taking care of your anxiety, but you’re worried that the treatment might not be safe. Who can you trust to address your concerns and provide accurate information when misconceptions abound? Your sedation dentist in Ft. Lauderdale, Sleep Dentists, are specialists in general anesthesia and have expert knowledge on how to relax patients while keeping them safe in the chair.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
With the experts at Sleep Dentists, absolutely. Our practice specializes in one singular focus: removing fear and anxiety by keeping patients safely asleep while their oral health is restored and maintained. Dr. Waldee, Dr. Hohimer, and Dr. Fein have over fifty years combined experience and have all received advanced training in sleep dentistry.
Our team will tell you that sleep dentistry is a thoroughly researched area of dental care, and that it’s so safe, children and special needs patients can undergo treatment. Conscious sedation and general anesthesia can eliminate anxiety in those we treat and ensure a healthy result.
Even the Chicago Tribune reports that “The American Dental Association (ADA) ‘supports the right of appropriately trained dentists’ to use sedation or even general anesthesia to treat patients, saying it is safe and effective when properly administered” (2012).
What Types Of Sedation Treatments Are Available?
Our clinic offers a variety of medical options to manage dental anxiety. We will evaluate the level of stress the patient experiences, as well as their responsiveness to external stimulation to determine which sedation technique will work best for you. The details below give an overview of treatment methods and are listed in increasing potency.
In conscious sedation, the patient will be awake during treatment, but given medication to relax them. The sedatives will “take the edge off,” and allow for a pleasant experience.
- Inhaled Sedation – In this treatment, patients are given nitrous oxide (laughing gas) that creates a state of conscious sedation. Patients report feeling relaxed and even happy during treatment. This technique is best for people with mild anxiety and uses medicine that takes effect within minutes and wears of quickly after your procedures are done.
- Oral Sedation – For oral sedation, patients are given medication in pill form. Generally, you’ll take a dose of medication at home, and then an additional dose once you arrive at the dentist’s office. The pill will make you drowsy, and will gradually wear off throughout the course of the day.
- IV Conscious Sedation – With this method, patients are given sedative medications intravenously. You won’t be completely asleep, but semi-awake, and you’ll most likely have no memory of the dental procedure due to the medicine used.
When conscious sedation is ineffective or is simply not enough for the extensive nature of the dental procedure the patient undergoes, general anesthesia is appropriate.
- General Anesthesia – Using this treatment, you’ll be given intravenous medication and possibly additional inhaled sedatives to ensure you are completely asleep during your dental procedure. The dentists will use their specialized training in anesthesiology to keep you completely safe and totally unaware of the oral hygiene work they’ll engage in.
Now that you have the security of knowing how practical and safe sedation dentistry is with our team of expert specialists, schedule your appointment today. Take proper care of your smile and be relaxed in the process!