Maybe you’ve thought about asking your dentist about sedation but just weren’t sure or were too embarrassed to ask. Have no fear! Dentists get asked all types of questions every day, and asking about sedation services is nothing to be ashamed of. Sedation dentistry help patients relax and get the dental treatment that they need, and everyone has a different reason for choosing the sedation dentistry.
Some of the most common reasons that people ask for sedation during their dental procedure include:
• Sensitive gag reflex
• Anxiety or fear related to dental care
• Dental patients with special needs such as a developmental disability
• Inability to open the mouth for a long period of time
• The desire to complete all of their treatment in one visit
If any of these reasons sound familiar, then you may make a great candidate for sedation dentistry. Patients that are sedated during their appointment are relaxed and in a light sleep. The sleep is deep enough to be unaware of the sights and sounds of the treatment room, but is light enough where you can respond to verbal prompts. You won’t remember anything at all about your appointment! To ensure your safety, you will be asked to have a friend escort you to and from the appointment, and highly trained staff will closely monitor you during your entire visit. Depending on the type of sedation your dentist uses, some types wear off immediately after your appointment is over, while others take a few hours to completely work their way out of your system.
Ask your dentist about sedation options today! Get the dental treatment you need and the smile you really deserve, while enjoying the most relaxing visit that’s possible.
Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman
All patients are special to their dentist, but patients with special needs require additional care and understanding when it comes to providing high quality dental care. Special needs dental patients include patients with developmental disabilities that makes providing dental care in a tradtional setting uncomfortable or dangerous to the health of the patient.
Because every patient has different needs, the dentist and staff will work closely with the caregiver of the patient to find out what works best to make that patient comfortable. Special needs patients are empowered by their dentist because their care plan and preventive routines will be tailored in a way that helps them as much as possible to be involved in their own care.
Various forms of sedation can be used to help special need dental patients undergo their dental procedures. This can range from just using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to sleep sedation treatments. Sleep sedation can be performed using orally administered medication of through intravenous delivery. The level of sedation chosen will be based on the patient’s needs and past experiences with dental care.
Sleep sedation can allow dental patients to have all of their treatment needs completed in a single visit, instead of multiple appointments to the dental office. Another benefit of in-office sedation is that it allows special need patients to have all of their treatment completed inside of their normal dental office without having to travel to a hospital or surgical facility for the therapy.
Appointments are scheduled to fit around each patient’s schedule. Some patients are happier or more relaxed at different times of the day, so scheduling care during these times helps address the patient’s personal needs as well as their overall treatment experience.
Your dentist will work very closely with you to address all of your needs and concerns with every patient that comes into to their office, no matter how special their needs are.
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