Sleep dentistry options are available to ease fear related to dental procedures. This is an excellent option if you are postponing dental work because of dental anxiety.
Are you one among the many that fear dental procedures? You may be concerned about the pain you may feel as well as the potential discomfort. In such cases, sedation dentistry can undoubtedly help you feel more relaxed during dental work. Sedation dentistry is an excellent option if you are postponing dental work because of dental anxiety or any other part of the dental procedure.
What are the types of sedation?
• Oral sedatives like triazolam can help you to relax during a dental procedure. If you have been recommended oral sedation, a prescription will be written by the dentist with instructions of how the medication should be taken. You will be fully awake, but without the anxiety. The drug will make you feel tired and content after it begins to work. People who choose oral conscious sedation will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
• Intravenous (IV) sedation puts patients into a sleepy state, but they are still conscious. Often referred to as "twilight sedation" as despite being groggy but responsive, the patient rarely has any memory of the procedure. Individuals dealing with severe anxiety can benefit from IV sedation over oral sedation since it delivers a stronger sedation level. People who choose IV sedation will need to make arrangements for a driver the day of their procedure.
• Patients under deep sedation or general anesthesia will experience a complete loss of consciousness. The patient will not see, hear, or remember anything from the period they were under the anesthesia. This type of anesthesia may be required for highly anxious people or more invasive or lengthy dental procedures. General anesthesia is administered by a certified anesthesia provider, as all vitals and the patient are monitored very closely by the anesthetist and the dental surgeon can focus on the surgery. People who choose general anesthesia will need to make arrangements for a driver the day of their procedure.
Do I Need Dental Sedation?
No, not everyone needs sedation. But sedation can assist with your anxiety, reduce or eliminate pain, and make a procedure go by much faster.
Call Sioux Falls Dental Implant Center today at (605) 799-2929 for your free consultation to evaluate options for sedation dentistry in Sioux Falls, SD!