Did you know that 1 in 6 people suffer from dental anxiety? Thankfully, the team at Sleep Dentists – your superior sedation dentist in Plantation – have the specialized expertise you need to address your fears and keep your smile healthy. In this post, find out the top 5 questions you should ask about sedation dentistry before undergoing treatment.
What Are The Top 5 Questions About Sedation Dentistry?
Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer use their decades of experience to answer the five most common questions about sedation dentistry in the list below.
#1 – Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Absolutely. Under the care of a trained professional, sedation dentistry is both safe and effective. Our dentists have advanced medical education in the most innovative relaxation techniques and we prioritize patient care above all else.
#2 – What Types Of Sedation Dentistry Are Available?
At our practice, we specialize in all forms of sedation dentistry. The treatments below are listed in order of increasing strength and potency:
- Inhalation Sedation – Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas,” is a sweet tasting gas that the patient receives through an inhaler placed over the nose. Simply breathe in, and the medication takes effect.
- Oral Sedation – In this method, patients take a small pill by mouth before they come to the office for their appointment, and then another small dose once they arrive.
- IM Sedation – Intramuscular sedation (IM) is a technique where the relaxant medications are given through an injection to the muscle of the upper are or thigh.
- IV Sedation – With this treatment, sedative medications are given to our patients intravenously. You won’t be completely asleep, but you most likely won’t remember your dental treatment because you’ll be so relaxed.
#3 – How Long Will The Medication Last?
The length of the effects of the medication will differ depending on the sedation method used:
- Inhalation Sedation – Nitrous oxide wears off within a few minutes after the treatment is discontinued. Patients can return to work without any “hangover” effect.
- Oral Sedation – The medication effect will linger for a few hours after the treatment is over. Patients should schedule their appointments in the afternoon and take half a day off work or school.
- IM Sedation – This will last – at most – up to 24 hours. People should have a friend or family member look after them while the sedative wears off.
- IV Sedation – Intravenous treatment will wear off within a day at most. You’ll also need to arrange for someone to keep an eye on you as you rest at home after your procedure.
With oral, IM, and IV sedation be sure to arrange for transportation to and from our office, since the medication will prevent you from driving.
#4 – What Does Being Sedated Feel Like?
Most patients report being happy and relaxed. Some state they feel a warm, slightly euphoric feeling, and many say they don’t remember having their dental treatment because they are so at ease. It’s also very common to fall asleep while sedated.
#5 – Will I Be Aware & In Control?
For many patients with dental anxiety, being in control of their environment is crucial to allaying concerns. With inhalation, oral, and IM sedation, you will be completely relaxed, yet able to respond to requests and you’ll be in control.
There are different levels of sedation with IV treatment. With moderate sedation, you’ll be relaxed yet aware, but with deep sedation, you’ll be completely “under.” Either way, our professional staff will keep you safe and sound.
Now that you have the answers you need about sedation dentistry, schedule your appointment with Sleep Dentists today and get the safe, relaxing patient experience you deserve!