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Does Your Child Have to Be Sedated for Dental Treatment?

The younger a child is, the harder it is for them to relax and cooperate with dental treatment. If a child is moving around or crying, it’s nearly impossible to perform delicate procedures on their teeth.

Besides this, kids may not be able to calm their fears and anxieties on their own. Sedation can help a child relax and avoid forming a negative impression of dental care.

But should dental sedation be expected for all kids?

The answer is no.

Dental sedation for children usually involves either a liquid oral medication or laughing gas which they inhale. These very mild forms of sedation are meant to help a child relax, not go unconscious.

However, there is a very small but deadly risk of over-sedating a child with a medication.

Sometimes, certain individuals don’t respond to medication the way they’re supposed to. Medical emergencies are rare, but they can still happen.

The younger kids are, the more delicate their breathing systems will be. Accidentally slipping from mild sedation to unconsciousness could be fatal in a matter of minutes.

Such tragic accidents are usually due to an ill-prepared dental team. This means that dental sedation is safer in an environment such as a hospital or clinic with a large staff trained in anesthesia.

Before opting for dental sedation for your child, you need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits. Properly-administered sedation can help your child get necessary dental care. But it should never be done routinely on kids who can easily tolerate treatment.

Contact your family’s dentist for more details and referrals if you feel your child could benefit from sedation dentistry.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224


What it Feels Like to Be Sedated at the Dental Office

Sleep dentistry” makes it sound like you’ll be unconscious for your dental procedure.

But most dental sedation is actually conscious sedation. This means that you are awake and aware during treatment.

What does that feel like?

Getting Dental Sedation

Most of the time, dental sedation comes via pills or a syrup that you swallow shortly before treatment. Other times, the medication is delivered through an IV drip in a hospital or surgery center.

You’ll remember everything up until the point the medication starts to kick in.

During Sedation Dentistry Appointments

Once the medication takes effect, you’ll become very relaxed and drowsy. Some patients do fall asleep, but they can be awakened with a gentle nudge. The point is that for most cases, you won’t be totally unconscious.

You’ll be alert enough to answer questions and respond to commands from the dentist like “turn your head this way, please” or “open a little wider.” The sedation will keep you from feeling anxious despite knowing what’s going on.

After Treatment

By the time the sedative wears off, you may have no memory of what happened. That’s another effect of the sedative medication – it also works to help you forget any stressful treatment. You’ll feel like you just “woke up” from a ten-minute nap when you really had an hour-long root canal.

Because the effects of dental sedation can last quite a while, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.

Sedation dentistry is safe, painless, and effective. Ask your dentist whether a sedative can help make your next dental procedure a more comfortable one.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100


How Does My Dentist Keep Me Safe During Oral Sedation?

That question is a very important one. Even if you aren’t normally scared of having dental work done, you may rightly be apprehensive of letting yourself come under the influence of powerful medication. Reminding yourself of the safety precautions your dentist will take can help you feel more at peace.

Prior to Your Appointment

The dentist will first review your medical history to make sure that you are a candidate for oral sedation. Use this opportunity to ask about how many similar procedures he or she has completed with oral sedation.

Your dentist will want to monitor when and how much of the prescribed medication you take. It is ideal for you to take the medication upon arriving to your appointment with a companion who can drive you home afterwards. You will be prescribed with the lowest effective dose first, because you can always receive more later.

During the Procedure

Don’t worry – you won’t be completely unconscious! You will feel relaxed, but still able to respond to questions and instructions from the dentist. Your vital signs will be closely monitored at all times during your dental procedure. Oxygen and emergency medication will be on-hand in the event you have a response of any kind. Oral sedation dentists are highly skilled and certified to perform this procedure in their office.

When It’s All Over

The dentist will make sure that you have a friend or family member available to drive you home. He or she will also give you instructions to follow for resting and recovering. There are typically no residual effects from oral sedation to be worried about.

Before your next sedation appointment, feel free to ask your dentist every question you can think of. Your safety and peace of mind are extremely important!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055


3 Ways Oral Sedation Improves Your Dental Experience

Does the idea of going to the dentist fill you with dread and anxiety? If so, you’re far from alone. Fortunately, there are a variety of options for easing your dental concerns. In this article, we’ll discuss three ways oral sedation can make your next dental procedure as comfortable as possible.

No Needles!

Oral sedation is the administration of a drug in a pill or tablet form which is intended to either be swallowed or dissolved under the tongue. If the dentist determines that local anesthesia is needed at the treatment site, then you will not be bothered by the injection, because of having previously taken the oral sedative.

No Bad Memories!

Some varieties of oral sedatives have “amnesic” properties. This means that once the effects of the medication wear off, you will remember little to nothing of the procedure. Many patients who anticipate a dental procedure are comforted in knowing that they don’t need to anticipate any scary experiences.

The Best Care

If you are comfortable for a necessary dental procedure, then your dentist will feel comfortable, as well. This may sound strange, but it is because when you are sedated to a degree, the dentist knows that he or she is free to work without fear of upsetting you. This allows your dentist to get a procedure completed in less time than it may otherwise require, and the work is thorough.

If you feel that oral sedation may be a good choice for easing your dental worries, then ask your dentist about your options prior to your next appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521


Oral Sedation Makes Trips to the Dentist Feel Like a Dream

With so many types of sedation dentistry choices available, choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. For many people, oral sedation is the best option. Oral sedation uses a prescription sedative that is taken by mouth just one hour prior to the scheduled treatment. Gradually, you become sleepy and feel as if you are taking a light nap.

The medication lasts for several hours, allowing your dentist to catch up on all of your necessary dental work. The medications used in oral sedation also contain a light sedative. In fact, most people report that they don’t remember a single thing about their appointment. Rather, the entire experience feels like they are dreaming right through the visit. Slowly, the medication gradually wears off. Usually by this time you are already back home, as a friend or family member will accompany you to your dental visit.

Since oral sedation is taken by mouth, there are no unwanted side effects or additional injections such as those with IV sedation. Your dentist will simply numb the area inside of your mouth for increased comfort, after you are already sedated. The cost effectiveness of oral sedation makes it an excellent choice for most patients with mild to moderate anxiety.

As a sedation dentist, we want you to know that it’s ok to ask about your sedation options when you need dental treatment. By making these choices available to our patients we are able to help you feel more comfortable throughout your entire visit and get access to care that you deserve. Call us today to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can put your mind at ease.

Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-3908


Why Oral Sedation Dentistry is a Great Choice

Going to the dentist makes you feel jumpy, nervous, and downright uncomfortable. When you need to have dental treatment done you think about just avoiding it altogether. Unfortunately dental problems don’t go away on their own, and those treatments needs often become more extensive and expensive to correct if they are put off. Thankfully there’s a simple, comfortable way for you to enjoy your dental treatment and catch up on all of your oral care needs at one time: oral sedation.

Oral sedation is one of the simplest and safest ways for you to change all of that. Using prescription strength sedatives, your dentist helps you feel like you’re sleeping right through your entire visit. The medication is taken an hour before your appointment so that it has time to take effect. Since you’ll be taking it once you arrive at the office, you will need to have someone drive you home from the appointment. Once the medication starts working you will most likely be unaware of everything going on around you, but you’ll still be able to answer simple questions and commands such as “open your mouth” or “do you feel ok?” The medication is also an amnesiac, so the majority of oral sedation patients don’t remember much about their treatment at all.

Since you’ll be comfortable, your dentist will be able to complete treatment more quickly and in just one sitting. The medication used for oral sedation typically lasts 3-4 hours, so your treatment will be finished and you’ll be back at home before it even wears off. You’ve likely never had a dental appointment so easy! Why jeopardize your smile any longer? Ask your dentist if he or she is a oral sedation provider.

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


Feeling Anxious At the Dentist?

As the receptionist comes out into the lobby to tell you it’s your turn, you feel a tiny bead of sweat on your forehead. Your palms feel sweaty, too. And your heart is thumping. Boom, boom, boom.

What you are experiencing is a form of dental phobia or anxiety, very real conditions that affect as many as 40 million Americans. We aren’t just talking about not liking the dentist – because hardly anyone does – but a genuine fear that prevents you from seeking even the most routine dental procedure. Dental anxiety refers to mental anguish or discomfort, while dental phobia is considered a paralyzing fear of the dentist.

There’s good news, however, for those who suffer from dental anxiety. Many dentists now offer what is called sedation dentistry. It includes the following options, based on the severity of the anxiety:

Pharmacological Solutions – Some dentists offer tranquilizers or other orally administered drugs to help calm and relax their patients, usually without making them go to sleep or become unconscious.

Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide relaxes the patient but keeps them awake during the procedure.

Intravenous Sedation – Drugs are administered through an IV so that they are more effective and relax the patient more quickly. Patients may be groggy, but they are conscious and able to respond to the dentist’s instructions.

General Anesthesia – General Anesthesia, or GA, is used in the rarest occasions, generally for those with extreme anxiety and/or for extensive procedures. GA renders the patient totally unconscious and the patient usually has to be accompanied home after the procedure.

It is important to remember that dental sedation is used only for those with anxiety severe enough to prevent them from accessing the dental care they need. For those with a mild discomfort, soothing music or relaxation techniques are usually quite helpful.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC



Oral Sedation Concerns

Many dentists offer oral sedation to patients who suffer from dental anxiety or who want to “sleep through the procedure.”  Sleep and sedation dentistry can be beneficial for patients who have trouble tolerating dental procedures with just a local anesthetic such as novocaine, but oral sedation can be troublesome.

With oral sedation, the patient is typically instructed to take the prescribed medication a short period before their appointment.  The patient will be unable to drive after taking the medication and will need someone to transport them to and from their appointment.

With oral sedatives, it can be difficult to predict the effect of the sedative on the individual patient.  Each person reacts differently to oral medications and the sedative may have more or less effect on a given patient depending on the patient’s weight and other factors.

Another problem is that the dentist has no control over the level of sedation during the procedure.  The sedative may begin to wear off if the procedure takes longer than anticipated.  Since the sedative takes time to start working, it is almost impossible to adjust the level of sedation during the treatment.

Intravenous (IV) sedation may be a better option than oral sedation, but it is more difficult to find a dentist that offers IV sedation because it requires significant additional training and expensive equipment.  With IV sedation, the sedative takes immediate effect and can be adjusted during the procedure to keep the patient at a comfortable level of sedation.

IV sedation is more predictable and controllable than oral sedation and the effects wear off more quickly.  If you need sedation dentistry, talk to your dentist about the right type of sedation for you.

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