Have you ever skipped your dental appointment because you were anxious or uncomfortable visiting a dental office? You are not alone! Fear of dental practice or dentist, termed as dental phobia, is one of the common fears among Americans. This fear keeps people away from receiving dental care and hence compromises their oral health. American Dental Association recommends that a person should visit a dental office at least once in 6 months to stay away from dental diseases. When patients skip dental appointments because of fear, their oral health is affected and there is increased risk of dental infection. Come speak to our dentist about your dental anxiety and we will provide a solution to your problem. Our sedation dentistry methods in Cary, NC can help you relax during dental treatment. Thanks to these techniques, we have been able to provide necessary dental care to many of our patients while they are comfortably seated at the dental chair. Make an appointment and meet our team to know more about sedation dentistry.
Sedation is a method through which a patient is put into twilight sleep state using external agents. There are different stages of sedation that can be achieved using sedatives. A dental practice should have trained professionals and equipment to monitor the vital factors like breathing and pulse rate of the patient when he/she is under sedative to ensure safe and effective treatment process.
Mild sedation is recommended when the patient is slightly uncomfortable about a treatment process and requires some aid to make him/her feel relaxed. Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used mild sedative. The gas with a mixture of oxygen is inhaled by the patient through a mask that is fit over the nose. The team can vary the extent of relaxation achieved by varying the volume of nitrous oxide in the mixture. Patients can quickly recover after the treatment procedure.
Moderate sedation is recommended when the patient is anxious about a dental procedure and requires external aid to stay relaxed in the dentist’s chair. Over-the-counter medicines or IV sedation technique can be used to achieve this level of sedation. The patient will be able to respond to verbal commands but may have some memory loss about the treatment process. The patient should be brought to office and driven back home by a caretaker. Our dentist may advise the patient not to use automobiles or operate on any machinery for few hours after the treatment.
Deep sedation is a state where the patient is very relaxed in the dentist’s chair. The patient may not remember any part of the procedure. He/she may be able to respond to verbal commands. Our team monitors the respiration, blood pressure level and pulse rate continuously during the treatment. It may take few hours for the patient to completely recover from the sedation process. The patient should be escorted to our office and back home by a caretaker who observes the patient for few hours after the treatment.