Sedation dentistry is a method of delivering dental treatments, where patients with dental anxiety can receive treatment in a pain-free and comfortable mindset. A lot of patients forgo dental treatments, because they’re scared of the dentist. Some patients will put off dental care for years, making it impossible to maintain a healthy mouth.
With sedation dentistry, Dr. Brent Call has been able to restore the mouths of patients with advanced dental issues caused by avoiding the dentist. Sedation options are also a good choice for patients that are resistant to local anesthesia and feel pain during dental treatments.
If you’re suffering from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can be used for everything from routine dental checkups to advanced treatments. Dr. Brent Call at Rejuvenation Dental offers a variety of sedation methods, depending on the extent of your anxiety and treatments you need.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety is characterized by an intense fear of the dentist. A lot of the time, patients have dental anxiety, but they are still able to make it to their dental appointments. Do you think you might have dental anxiety? Symptoms of dental anxiety, include:
Losing sleep the night before dentist appointments
Feeling intensely nervous in the dentist’s waiting room
Feeling physically ill thinking about the dentist
Feeling like crying when thinking about the dentist or dental instruments
Having panic attacks or trouble breathing in the dental room
If you feel any of these symptoms, you should make sure to tell us at your next appointment. Communicating with your provider is the key to overcoming your anxiety. We’re empathetic to your situation and will devise a plan to help you feel comfortable during your treatments.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medicine to help patients feel comfortable at the dentist. Sometimes it is called “sleep dentistry,” but this isn’t a good description for it, since patients are usually still awake during sedation. There are different levels of sedation. We will determine the best type of sedation, depending on your condition, and how relaxed you’d like to feel.
Nitrous Oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedation that’s administered through the nose during your dental appointment. With nitrous oxide, you will feel relaxed, while still remaining completely awake and in control. Unlike other methods of sedation, you will be able to drive after your appointment and resume normal activities afterwards.
Oral sedation. If you’re looking for a more moderate level of sedation, taking oral sedation medication before your appointment can help. Oral sedation reduces anxiety and decreases your awareness. This method of sedation will make your appointment feel shorter and more relaxed. Some patients will forget their appointment in its entirety. With oral sedation, you will need to arrange a ride from the dental office.
IV (intravenous) Sedation. If you don’t want to remember your treatment at all, intravenous sedation is the deepest level of sedation. IV sedation allows you to sleep through your treatment without any awareness of the dental procedure. IV sedation can help patients with deeper levels of anxiety, known as dental phobia. Even though IV sedation is the deepest level of sedation, it is one of the safest methods, since we are able to administer the doses during the treatment.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
When administered by a trained dentist, sedation dentistry is incredibly safe. However, because sedation isn’t learned in general dental training, it’s important to research your dentist, making sure they have specialty training and experience.
At Rejuvenation Dental, Dr. Brent Call has advanced training and qualifications in sedation techniques. As a member of the “American Dental Society of Anesthesiology,” Dr. Call stays educated and up-to-date on each sedation technique, so you can feel comfortable and safe undergoing sedation.
He has used sedation during numerous dental treatments, performing everything from dental implant surgeries to general dental techniques. Before administering sedation, Dr. Call will take a detailed history of your health, so he can determine the appropriate method of sedation for your age, weight, and health conditions.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Whether you have mild dental anxiety, full-blown dental phobia, or a hard time sitting still during long treatments, chances are that you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry. You also might be a candidate for sedation dentistry, if you have the following conditions:
Persistent jaw pain
Physical limitations that hinder your ability to hold your jaw at a certain angles, like neck and back pains
A strong gag reflex
Needing extensive dental work finished in a short time
Restless leg syndrome or the inability to sit for long periods
Resistant to local anesthesia, or unable to get numb
Want to feel more relaxed during dental work
Schedule an Appointment at Rejuvenation Dental for Sedation Dentistry
Are you curious about sedation dentistry? At Rejuvenation Dental, we’re committed to providing our patients with a comfortable dental experience by offering different levels of sedation dentistry. Schedule a consultation at Rejuvenation Dental with certified sedation dentist, Dr. Brent Call. Call us today at 480-771-2133.