Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax during a dental procedure. It is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, although that is not entirely accurate.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax during a dental procedure. It is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, although that is not entirely accurate. You will usually be awake with the exception of being under general anesthesia.
The different levels of sedation dentistry include:
- Minimal sedation -- you are 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 totally unconscious.
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics understands the benefits of sedation dentistry if you suffer from dental anxiety. We offer a wide range of significant periodontal and dental implant services to assist all patients. Our conscientious team focuses on providing you with quality service for your overall oral health. We will address your dental procedures in a relaxing and stress-free environment, and we will approach your unique dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you have questions about the benefits of sedation dentistry, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
Undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery can be stressful. With sedation dentistry, when your treatment is complete, you may have no recollection of the time it took, any noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. Implant Dentistry and Periodontics is pleased to offer to you the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. You will benefit from sedation dentistry if you have:
- A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist.
- A difficult time sitting still for long periods of time.
- A hard time getting and staying numb from dental anesthetics.
The Different Dental Sedation Levels
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a variety of dental sedation. Our comprehensive options include local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation. The solution best suited for you will be a result of the intensity of procedure you are undergoing. Usually, you will fall into one of three sedation type categories.
Mild Sedation: If your primary goal is to relieve your anxiety, then mild sedation is the preferred choice. Usually, mild sedation will not only lessen your anxiety level, but it will also decrease the level of discomfort associated with the procedure. In some cases, it may eliminate any pain entirely.
Medium Sedation: For procedures that are more intensive, medium sedation is usually performed. When you have medium sedation, you are in a much deeper state of relaxation. Sometimes this procedure has the capacity to induce some mild amnesia. If you choose this as your sedation option, you will not be driving yourself home following the procedure. It will be necessary for you to have someone to drive you home.
Heavy Sedation: Some procedures will require that you be in as deep a level of sedation as is possible. The justification for this is that anything less would make the procedure exceedingly difficult to perform from a practical sense. This is referred to as Heavy Sedation. The experience for you is remarkably similar to a deep sleep. You will likely experience amnesia and be unable to recall any events that occur following the procedure. It will be necessary for you to have someone to drive you home.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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The Types of Dental Sedation
There are a variety of methods employed at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics to provide sedation to you, which include:
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide is the most used and mildest administration of sedation. The administration process involves a mouthpiece that distributes nitrous oxide and puts you into a relaxed state. Nitrous Oxide also tends to reduce both the anxiety and discomfort associated with the procedure.
Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is a more intense form of sedation. Oral sedation uses an anxiety medication to put you into a deep state of calm. This effect can last for several hours even after the procedure is done. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home following the procedure.
IV Sedation: The most intense form of sedation dentistry is intravenous, or IV Sedation. During this process, you are put into a state of unconsciousness remarkably close to sleep for a relatively long period of time. You will experience amnesia both before and after the procedure. Because of the intensity of the effects, you are not allowed to drive following the procedure, and you need to plan to have someone available to drive them home.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry allows us to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for you if experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure.
- No sense of time while under sedation.
- No fear or anxiety during treatment.
- No sense of smell or sound.
- Will reduce your gag reflex.
- It will make the procedure quicker and easier.
It is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you schedule sedation dentistry with our thorough staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be impressed with our level of professionalism and that we are proud of the advanced dental technology at our disposal in our clinic. We are very thoughtful because we understand how different and unique each situation is. We are quite conscientious in creating your personalized treatments, to ensure success that works for your desires and budget. The entire staff focuses on the restoration of your personal asset, your healthy smile, so every procedure we perform is with your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, our clinic has a stress-free and relaxing atmosphere, and we want you to be confident with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for sedation dentistry is a beneficial important step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Suite 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Suite 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.