Sedation Dentistry

Unfortunately, many people avoid making an appointment to see a dentist because of a phobia or fear of undergoing dental procedures. Due to these fears and phobias, they may not go to a dentist to get the proper care they need. Not seeing a dentist, can put the health of their teeth and their overall health in jeopardy.

Refusing to pay a visit to the dentist can lead to a variety of dental problems such as severe pain, tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss and infection. It can also cause serious health problems like heart disease or stroke. Sedation dentistry may be the solution. It was designed to help people get over their fears and phobias and to help them find the courage to see a dentist for treatment.

Dentists use sedation dentistry to help their patients feel calm, comfortable and relaxed while visiting a dentist and when they are undergoing various dental procedures. It is considered to be highly safe and is increasing in popularity.

There are three levels of sedation that dentists administer to patients; mild, moderate and deep. The most commonly used form is mild sedation. Under mild or minimal sedation, the patient is aware of their surroundings and is extremely relaxed during an examination. Mild sedation relieves feelings of anxiety, but patients can verbally and physically respond to any commands given by the dentist. Patients may remember going through some parts of the procedure.

During moderate sedation, patients will not be very alert but are semi-conscious. They will be able to respond to some commands, but will most likely speak with a slur and will not be able to recall much about the proceedings that they have undergone.

Deep sedation is administered to patients who are extremely afraid of seeing a dentist. Under this level of sedation, patients are barely alert and are nearly unconscious. This method is ideal for those who have a severe fear or phobia about seeing a dentist and undergoing dental procedures. The patient can be awakened at any time, but in most cases the patient will not have any recollection of any part of the dental procedure.

There are various methods dentists use to administer sedation medication. Patients inhale the medication, take it orally or are injected with a needle. Generally those who undergo mild sedation take medication orally or are given gas. Under mild sedation, patients are able to breathe on their own. During moderate sedation, patients are either given oral medication or are injected intravenously. Generally, patients can breathe on their own. During deep sedation, dentists usually inject medication or administer oral medications along with gases. In some cases, the patient may need assistance to breathe.

Sedation dentistry is very safe if it is done correctly. In addition, it has several advantages for those who are afraid going to the dentist. For those who are looking for quality dental care, it is highly recommended that they contact Dr. Siman who is among the top in the field of sedation dentistry.