We Have Sedation Dentistry!

When you’re planning to have your teeth cleaned, does it stress you out? Would you rather suffer through a tooth ache than to step foot into the dentist? Don’t worry! A lot of people fear the dentist and will push off cleanings, just to avoid it. But, Sedation dentistry may take away some of your anxiety. 

Sedation dentistry can be used for invasive procedures such as cleanings, and abrasive ones too. 

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Medication is used to help patients relax during procedures. Some people call it “sleep dentistry”. Sometimes the patients are awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. 

The levels of sedation used include:

  • Minimal sedation: Awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation: You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation: You are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
  • General anesthesia: You are completely unconscious.

What is Used?

  • Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas” with a mask that is placed over your nose. This gas wears off, you can drive yourself after this procedure. 
  • Oral sedation. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Usually, the pill is Halcion, this would be taken before the procedure. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. These ones can be woken up.
  • IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it begins to work more quickly. 
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious. When you are under general anesthesia, you can’t easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

Here at Rancho Dental we care for your dental health and want you to feel comfortable and happy. Come on in to discuss the different types and which is best fit for you. Call today for sedation dentistry.