Sedation dentistry is one of the most common apprehensions and questions that we receive from some of our newer patients. Sedation dentistry is very common for those who fear visiting the dentist, or who have general anxiety, especially during longer procedures.
Those with extreme sensitivity or pain will prefer being sedated during their treatment. With a wide range of sedation options available, the team at Kathy Jacobsen Contemporary Dentistry of Gilbert, AZ empowers and encourages your confidence and character to attend your next very beneficial procedure or treatment for your main priority: healthcare.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is not generally tied to one certain procedure, it largely depends on the severity of the issue and the comfort of our patients. For example, with those with extreme anxiety, pain, and sensitivity, we would recommend certain sedation options that may put them in a more relaxed state to achieve the quality of care that they deserve. We believe that your dental fears should not stop you from receiving our best.
What Can I Expect During Sedation?
Here’s what you can expect during sedation.
Local and Oral Anesthetic
Local anesthetic is one of the milder forms of sedation, often used for things such as cavity fillings. It can also be used for some routine procedures in those who require special accommodation, or clients who have severe anxiety and pain. An oral anesthetic may also be a solution for those who still need to be awake during their procedure, to be able to communicate with your Gilbert, AZ dentist from time to time. Oral sedation may require you to call on a friend or family member to transport you back to your house or living arrangements.
Nitrous oxide is one of the most popular methods, as it can often be removed from the patient’s system after the procedure, restoring more than enough motor function and focusing on being able to drive or transport yourself back home after the treatment has finished. With nitrous oxide (sometimes referred to as “laughing gas”) you will be given a mask or nosepiece and told to inhale a few times. After about 5 minutes, you will feel extremely relaxed, but still, have enough control over your focus and surroundings. At the end of the procedure, the dentist will flush your system with pure oxygen. Once you have waited in the resting area for some time, you will regain full control over your motor skills.
The deepest form of sedation is achieved through intravenous injection of sedative medications. The dentist will schedule this procedure much ahead of time, as it is reserved for only the most complicated or lengthy procedures where the patient would otherwise feel extreme pain or interfere with the procedure. This is very rare, as in most cases, the patient should be conscious enough to keep their mouth open, even with the help of a stable structure. This may also be an option for those with severe anxiety, as panic would interfere with treatment.
Dental Care Excellence in Gilbert, AZ
The team at Kathy Jacobsen Contemporary Dental of Gilbert, AZ understands your unique situation. During your next appointment, we look forward to providing you with the best option to ensure that you receive the quality care that you have been searching for in your dental solutions.