Have you ever wanted to think about “sleep” dentistry, or “sedation” dentistry, but the thought of full-on IV sedation just didn’t sound like what you had envisioned? Then you should take light conscious sedation into consideration!
Light conscious sedation is a form of sedation dentistry using oral medication to help the patient relax, and feel like they are lightly napping. The patient can still answer basic yes-or-no questions and move as needed, but they are relaxed much more than what can be achieved than if their dentist was only using nitrous oxide (laughing gas.) In fact, most people don’t even remember their treatment.
The medication is a prescription sedative that is taken an hour prior to the appointment, so that it can take full effect by the time the treatment begins. Sometimes some patients will need a second dose, if they’re more anxious than normal. Effects last a few hours, so it’s possible for some patients to have all of their treatment completed in the same appointment.
It’s important to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the light sedation appointment. Most visits are shorter than normal since you’ll be comfortable, so there isn’t a lot of waiting time.
Anxiety or fear of the dentist can make people put dental care off until it’s too late or too costly. Ask your dentist about light oral sedation! It’s safe, easy, and helps patients conquer their fear of dental care while also getting the health of their smile back on track. Patients of all ages can opt for light conscious sedation, making it a great option for adults and kids!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
Have you ever heard of conscious sedation? It’s one of the easiest ways for dental patients to relax and enjoy a comfortable visit while they have all of their dental treatment completed. Conscious sedation allows patients to respond to verbal stimulation like questions or statements, but feel as if they’re in a dream-like state where they most likely won’t remember any of their appointment whatsoever.
How does it work? Patients that select conscious sedation services will be given a prescription for a sedation drug to be taken one hour prior to their appointment. A second dose of medication may be taken at the time of their treatment, if necessary. The sleepy patient will have their vital signs monitored by staff throughout the entire appointment. Treatments are completed more efficiently, because patients have a higher level of comfort during their procedure.
Patients who choose conscious sedation dentistry will need to have someone drive them to and from their appointment, as it can take a few hours for medication to fully leave their system and consciousness to return to normal. You’ll still be able to walk and answer simple questions, but you should not drive or return to work until the next day.
Who makes a good candidate for conscious sedation? Most healthy children and adults are candidates for oral sedation medications, depending on the type of options offered by your dentist. A thorough health history screening and medication review should be conducted with your dentist prior to prescribing any type of sedation medication.
If you’ve put off your dental care because of anxiety or needing to schedule multiple appointments, ask your dentist if conscious sedation is an option for you!
Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS
Do you get anxious before visiting the dentist? Are you tense and have trouble relaxing during even the simplest dental procedures? If so, you are not alone. The majority of dental patients experience some level of dental anxiety. In the past, there was little relief available to address dental anxiety other than a whiff of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”, but advancements in modern dentistry have made suffering from dental anxiety a thing of the past.
Most dentists now offer some form of conscious sedation to help relax patients and relieve dental anxiety. The result is not only a better dental experience for the patient, but also better dental care. Dentists now understand that relaxed, comfortable patients are easier to work on. They can do higher quality dental work in less time when the patient is comfortable and relaxed.
Conscious sedation is available orally or intravenously. Oral conscious sedation is more common because it is easier to administer and because patients generally don’t like needles. Some dentists prefer intravenous sedation because the level of sedation is easier to control than with oral sedatives.
As the name implies, with either oral or intravenous conscious sedation the patient is always conscious throughout the procedure. The patient may be drowsy and will sometimes fall asleep during the procedure, but can always be easily awoken and can respond to questions. Even though the patient is conscious, in most cases they will not remember having the procedure. Most patients express surprise at how quickly the dental procedure seemed to have been completed, even if it actually took hours.
If you are ready to experience comfortable, stress free dental care, talk to your sedation dentist about conscious sedation. The days of dental anxiety are over.
Few people look forward to a trip to the dentist, but most patients are easily able to deal with the mild apprehension that many people feel before a dental treatment. Advances in dental practice in recent years including include an increased awareness and understanding of patient jitters. Dentists have reacted to address the issue by providing comfortable, soothing waiting rooms and dental treatment rooms. Many dentists provide patients the option of listening to music or watching television during their dental procedure.
In addition, dentists have learned to reduce dental anxiety by taking the time to discuss the treatment with the patient before beginning and by using better techniques to reduce or eliminate discomfort during dental procedures. As a result, modern dentistry is much more comfortable and less anxiety provoking than it was in the past.
Since dental anxiety stems largely from prior uncomfortable experiences at the dentist combined with a healthy fear of the unknown, the rate of dental anxiety should be on the decline as new dental patients have never known anything other than modern, comfortable dentistry.
However, millions of Americans continue to suffer from dental anxiety that ranges from mild anxiety to severe phobia that prevents them from getting necessary dental care. If you are one of these patients, you will be happy to know that there is no reason to avoid dental care any longer.
Dentists have developed sedation techniques that can address any level of dental anxiety. Many dental offices that offer sedation dentistry can relieve mild to moderate anxiety with nitrous oxide or mild oral sedatives. For more severe cases, sedation dentists are specially trained to provide dental care on patients sedated with intravenous conscious sedation or even full, unconscious anesthesia. If you suffer from dental anxiety, talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry. You don’t need to avoid dental care any more.
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