Sedation / Sleep Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry, Relaxation Dentistry, or Conscious Sedation are all terms that cover the possible ways to control a patient’s anxiety and pain without using a stronger method like general anesthesia. This category of sedation allows a patient to breathe without assistance and respond to physical and verbal stimulations. The two forms used by Dr. Wells are described below. Both these forms commonly cause amnesia and patients usually fall asleep.
Enteral Conscious Sedation – Commonly known as Orally Administered Sedation, this type comes in eatable form and is ingested like regular pills. Most patients handle this sedation well, it is safe and easily monitored, and it is also cost effective. Some downsides include that the doctor cannot easily change the dosage, it does not relieve pain, and the patient cannot drive themselves home.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation
To use Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation, known to most patients as “laughing gas,” the patient inhales the gas administered by the dentist. This is the most commonly used form of sedation because it works quickly, it is easy for the doctor to control, there are few side effects, and patients recover so quickly that they can drive themselves home. However, it is not recommended for patients with Asthma or Emphysema or for claustrophobic patients who are uncomfortable with covering their noses.
The type of sedation used is determined by a patient’s specific needs and preferences, including possible allergic reactions and possible complications due to other medicines the patient may be taking. Dr. Wells and his staff will discuss with you which treatment works best for your dental needs.
Which patients should use Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry can be used when a patient needs a lot of dental treatment. Dr. Wells may recommend this form of sedation if you do not want to or cannot come for multiple appointments in order to complete your dental work or if your dental work requires complex treatment over a long period of time.
However, Sedation Dentistry can also be useful for those who have trouble with visiting the dentist in general. If you experience extreme fear or anxiety when going to a dental office that prevents you from receiving dental work, Dr. Wells may prescribe Sedation Dentistry in order to calm you enough to properly perform the necessary care. Other issues, like a sensitive gag reflex, physical conditions that affect movement, sensitive teeth, or fear of needles, can all be helped when needed with these mild forms of sedation.
If you exhibit any of these symptoms, Conscious Sedation may be right for you. Dr. Wells and his staff will discuss with you whether this treatment is right for your dental needs. In the meantime, please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have in order to determine if Sedation Dentistry is a good choice for you.