Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

Dental Sedation – Is it Right for You?

Sedation dentistry is when you have dental treatment with an altered state of consciousness.

There are varying levels of sedation, and most of the ones used in dentistry is considered minimal to moderate.

Minimal sedation happens with laughing gas. Administering nitrous oxide helps you relax, but it doesn’t make you unconscious at all. If anything, you just feel very giddy and happy despite treatment that might otherwise make you anxious.

Moderate sedation keeps the a person awake, but their words are slurred and their memory is foggy when the sedation wears off. This kind is typically achieved with an oral medication or an IV drip for longer procedures.

With so many dental offices now claiming to offer “sleep dentistry,” you’re probably wondering if you should give it a try.

Who Can Benefit from Sedation?

Sedation, or “sleep dentistry,” is great for those who:

  • Cannot endure discomfort
  • Suffer from extreme dental anxiety or fear
  • Need a lot of treatment done at once
  • Have a very sensitive gag reflex
  • Have difficulty sitting still for a long period of time

If you suffer from any of those situations, then sedation dentistry could make your next dental experience a pleasantly brief one.

Is Sedation Safe for You?

Dental sedation is safe when administered by properly trained and certified professionals. But there is always a small risk with this procedure. You may be at even higher risk if you struggle with sleep apnea or obesity. Be sure to review your medical history with your dentist, first.

In the end, the benefits of sedation far outweigh the risks if it will help you get the dental treatment you need. But despite being considered safe, sedation is not given arbitrarily upon request.

Get advice from your doctor and dentist about whether sedation is safe for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Aug
22

Could You Get Dental Sedation for a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

The short answer is yes, you could get dental sedation for a root canal. But there’s more to consider before you have sedation or “sleep dentistry.”

What Is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is often touted as a way to sleep through your dental procedure. But it doesn’t always work that way. Rather, it helps you relax during the treatment and then forget it happened once it’s over with.

Sedation may come in the form of oral pills or syrup, laughing gas, or an intravenous drip.

Pros and Cons of Dental Sedation

Why have sedation dentistry? It can help you…

  • Relax if you struggle with extreme anxiety
  • Endure lengthy procedures (some root canals take a long time!)
  • Forget an experience you’re apt to view as traumatic

You may want to pass on sedation (if you don’t truly need it) because:

  • It’s not always covered by insurance
  • There is a small risk of unpleasant side-effects with some forms of sedation
  • You’ll be pretty much incapacitated for the rest of the day after having oral or IV sedation

How About That Root Canal?

If you’ve never had a root canal before, you may be terrified to get one. But you should know that root canals aren’t as scary as they’re made out to be.

With the help of local anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel a thing. Getting a root canal practically feels no different from getting a filling.

So unless dental sedation is the only thing that will help you deal with your severe dental phobia, there’s no reason that you’ll absolutely need a sedative.

To find out which option is in your best interests, consult with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Jul
15

Getting Sedation for Dental Treatment – Is It Worth It?

Lots of dental offices advertise sedation dentistry as a way to just sleep through treatment.

Sleep dentistry, however, is actually a term for taking medication that helps you relax during treatment. It doesn’t put you to sleep.

Like any other medical procedure that uses sedation, there are some (rare) risks involved. So the decision to have dental sedation is not one to be made lightly.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Dental patients primarily need sedatives to help them relax if they have incapacitating phobias or anxiety.

Taking a sedative is also a great way to get through a rather lengthy procedure. You may have a hard time keeping your mouth open and staying comfortable through the extraction of all four wisdom teeth, for example.

Sedation may be necessary in any other situation where the patient can’t sit still for long.

Who Should Have Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is usually recommended for:

  • People with anxiety
  • Lengthy or multiple dental procedures in a single visit
  • Small children
  • People with a disability that prevents them from staying calm during treatment

Is Sedation Right for You?

Talk with your dentist before you pin your hopes on having sedation during your next dental procedure.

Discuss any concerns you have about treatment and review your entire health history. This means going over any and all prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking. Medication and even certain medical conditions can rule out some sedative options all together.

Sleep dentistry isn’t exactly the luxury experience it’s made out to be. If you have no problem sitting through dental procedures, then you may not need to bother with sedation, at all. Decide with your dentist whether or not sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Apr
22

How to Sleep Through Dental Treatment

Sleep dentistry is a generic term for when treatment done while under sedation. But being sedated doesn’t necessarily mean being totally knocked out.

So if you aren’t actually sleeping, then what’s the point?

What Dental Sedation Does

There are different levels of sedation but all have a similar effect to varying degrees.

There’s nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. This is the lightest form of sedation. Other kinds come as pills that you swallow some time before treatment. Then comes IV sedation where the drug is administered directly into your veins.

Stronger medicines in higher doses are used to achieve general sedation, which you’re most likely to need during oral surgery.

Sedatives depress the central nervous system and decreases awareness. Anxiety and fears melt away, and the amnesic effect means that you won’t remember much, if anything, of what happened.

Benefits of Dental Sedation

  • Overcome your dental fears
  • Reduce the impact of anxiety on your body
  • Have multiple phases of dental work done in what feels like just minutes

Sedation is also great for patients (like kids) who have a hard time sitting still.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

It’s important to discuss the risks of dental sedation with your dentist in person before pinning your hopes on scheduling a procedure. This is because everyone’s needs are a little different and everyone responds to sedatives differently.

Sedation can be dangerous if you are taking certain medications. Your dentist needs to know your current medical history in detail before prescribing anything.

With a well-trained dental team, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe and the benefits outweigh the risks.

If you’re interested in learning about your dental sedation options, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Mar
31

What You Can Do to Make Sedation Dentistry Safer

Dental sedation is great for those with dental phobias or who are otherwise unable to sit through treatment. Young children, those with Parkinson’s, and individuals with certain mental disabilities may also benefit.

Want to tackle a laundry list of dental treatment but just don’t have time?

Get it all done in one visit of several hours while comfortably sedated.

But once in a while, you hear a scary story about dental sedation going tragically wrong.

How can you make your procedure safer experience?

Sedation, while serious, is not in itself dangerous – as long as there is sufficient planning and monitoring. People require different sedation methods to meet their unique needs. The medications used to achieve sedation vary.

A well-trained dental team is also important. Accidents often happen when there aren’t enough team members to monitor the patient’s condition during sedation treatment. Sometimes, those responsible for monitoring the patient don’t have the necessary skills to act should something go wrong.

To ensure you have a safe dental sedation procedure, ask your dentist these questions:

  • Exactly what kind of sedation is right for me?
  • What are the requirements for providing dental anesthesia in our area?
  • What is the plan for monitoring my condition and keeping me safe during treatment?
  • Is there an emergency response protocol prepared for in case something goes wrong?

In turn, you can do your part by disclosing to your dentist your entire health history. Certain underlying conditions or medications can have more of an impact than you’d think on a simple sedation procedure.

Not sure about your current health condition? Consult your personal physician and then you’ll be ready to discuss dental sedation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Feb
13

Will Sedation Dentistry Cause Any Side-Effects?

Everyone loves the idea of sleeping through dental treatment. The good news is that it’s essentially been made possible with the help of sedation dentistry.

Dental sedation is usually achieved by administering a benzodiazepine-class drug. Basically, a hefty dose of anti-anxiety medication. The sedative needs to be taken some time before dental treatment and the effects typically last for quite a while afterwards.

The generally anticipated effects are:

  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Amnesia (forgetting about what happened)

This is why you need someone to drive you to and from your appointment when you take a sedative for dental treatment. There’s no way you’re getting behind the wheel in that state!

As far as side-effects go, these are pretty typical to those of many other medications and may include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Light-headedness

Keep in mind, however, these effects aren’t expected in every case. People react differently to dental sedation just as they react differently to any other drug. If you experience any of these side-effects, it should be very mild.

Allergies and other serious reactions to any sedative medication should be reported to your dentist right away. Your dental team will be closely monitoring your condition during treatment and for some time after the procedure. Once you’re given the green light to go home, you should be just fine.

But in the very unlikely event you experience something serious later on, you’ll want to contact emergency services.

By communicating openly with your dentist beforehand, you can find out which sedative technique is likely to be the most effective and safest one for you.

Want to know more about sedation dentistry? Contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Feb
11

How to Make Your Next Dental Appointment Comfortable and Pain-Free

Like countless other people, you think of each visit to the dentist as torture.

In fact, dental anxiety may hold you back from getting the care you need on a regular basis. So if you need some help in making your trips to the dental office more enjoyable, then the following tips can help.

Chat with your dentist.

Most dental teams are more than willing to accommodate your needs so that you feel comfortable in their practice. You don’t have to suffer in silence! Talk with your dentist or hygienist to voice your concerns. They’ll be happy to help you, and just talking it out can take a load off your mind.

Take a painkiller beforehand.

This doesn’t mean you should self-medicate before every dental appointment. But if you have an injury or throbbing toothache, dulling the pain before your visit can make it easier to endure an examination.

If you have such a dental emergency or toothache, call your dentist to make sure it’s safe to take an over the counter drug before you come in.

Ask about sedation dentistry.

Some dental offices prescribe anti-anxiety and sedative medications prior to your visit. The medication can help you feel relaxed and calm during treatment.

Dress in loose clothing to add or remove layers as needed.

Having control over your own temperature will help you sit through the appointment in comfort.

Eat breakfast.

Make sure to have a healthy and not-too-heavy meal before your appointment. This will help stabilize your energy levels and emotions and enable you to calmly sit through the appointment.

Want more tips on improving your dental treatment experience? Call your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jan
29

How to Care for Someone Who’s Had Oral Sedation at the Dental Office

If you are responsible for accompanying your friend or family member home after his or her dental sedation procedure, there are a few things you should be prepared to do.  Fortunately, it’s extremely rare for there to be any complications that long after treatment. Your tasks are simple.

Offer A Lift

Someone in a sedated state should never drive. Be prepared to play chauffeur or otherwise guide your friend home via public transportation. The patient also should stay away from heavy machinery.

Stay Away From Alcohol

If the patient is of drinking age and enjoys a cold one at the end of a long day, you’ll want to discourage him or her from indulging this habit, just for one evening. It’s dangerous to mix alcohol with drugs left over in the system.

Watch Them Sleep

The patient may still be drowsy after the procedure. If they zonk out, just check in now and then to make sure they’re breathing normally and wake them if they aren’t.

Follow-up On Pain Management

If your friend still has numb lips and/or tongue from dental treatment, make sure they don’t eat anything crazy hot! It’s also a good idea to stick to clear liquids and light low-fat foods for the first meal to avoid a stomach upset. Monitor the patient’s use of pain medication to make sure they take only the recommended dose.

In the meantime, enjoy listening to some of the goofy things your buddy may say while still sedated! Before leaving the office, make sure you’re clear on everything the patient’s dentist instructs you to do.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Dec
5

Does Sedation Dentistry Work Like People Say It Does?

Do all those claims and advertisements to “sleep through treatment” sound too good to be true?

Sedation dentistry isn’t exactly like falling asleep on a comfy pillow in your own warm bed and waking up with all of your teeth miraculously fixed.

But the good news is that it does come pretty close to that.

How Sedation Works

When you’re sedated, you aren’t “asleep.” Rather, your consciousness is altered. You’ll actually be awake, able to respond to questions and instructions. The dentist may ask periodically if you’re comfortable, if you need anything, and so on.

So what’s the point of being sedated, then?

Your body will be extremely relaxed. Your perception of discomfort and anxiety will be drastically changed so that you won’t care about what’s going on around you. Being sedated is very helpful if you can’t handle needles. Once your mind is off in la-la land, it’ll be much easier to accept the pain-numbing anesthesia.

As an added bonus, you’ll experience a sort of medical amnesia after treatment. You won’t remember much after it’s all done. This is why you’ll “wake up” from your appointment feeling like you slept deeply.

Sedation Options

Sedation as offered in dentistry tends to come in three main forms:

  • Oral pills or syrup
  • IV medication
  • Laughing gas (inhaled)

To find out which method will give you the perfectly relaxing dental experience (finally!), contact your local dentist. Your dentist will let you know your options and give you some real-life testimonials to help you get an idea of just how well sedation dentistry works.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Nov
8

What Is IV Sedation in Dentistry?

Lots of people who struggle with severe dental anxiety choose to get through treatment with the help of IV sedation.

Many dental offices are equipped to provide a sedation experience through an intravenous flow of safe sedative drugs. Often, a dental anesthesiologist works with the dentist. But many dentists become qualified themselves to provide IV sedation by taking rigid accreditation training.

How IV Sedation Works

A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the back of the hand. The IV solution contains the medication that puts you under moderate sedation. You won’t be completely “knocked out” and neither will you be asleep. Instead, the drug works in two ways:

  • Reducing your sensitivity to pain and discomfort
  • Producing a kind of amnesia so that you don’t remember anything that happened

In addition to IV sedation, you will still need local anesthetic to numb the area the dentist is working on. The professional controlling the sedative will monitor your vital signs and adjust the amount dripping into your body, according to your need.

What To Expect With IV Sedation

The strange part is that during the procedure you will be able to answer questions and respond to directions. For example, the dentist may ask whether you can feel anything after getting a shot. You’ll answer, but it’s going to feel like it didn’t happen because you don’t remember it!

Is IV Dental Sedation Right For You?

Visit your dentist to find out which kind of dental sedation will help make your next appointment a restful one. If IV sedation isn’t available near you, your dentist may still offer an alternative that can keep you just as comfortable.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

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