Sedation dentistry is when a dentist uses gentle medication to help a patient relax during a dental procedure. Sedation can be used for all kinds of dental procedures, including simple cleanings.
Thanks to the option of sedation dentistry, many people are now going to the dentist regularly who previously avoided the dentist. This is because they know that they will not experience any discomfort.
The only people who continue to avoid the dentist these days are the ones who have misgivings about whether this offering is safe. Let’s talk about the safety factors involved in sedation dentistry, and where you can go in Plantation to see an outstanding family dentist.
Dentists who offer sedation services are thoroughly trained in how to safely administer the medication, and how to monitor the patient for any adverse reactions. There is no need for an anesthesiologist to be present, because the sedation is so gentle to the body and wears off quickly.
Dental-school students today receive training in sedation dentistry during their dental school education.
The type of sedation used will depend on the procedure being performed and the patient’s level of anxiety. The levels of sedation that dentists can use are:
Minimal sedation – This is when the patient is still awake and able to respond to questions but feels relaxed. This can be achieved with oral medication or inhaled gas (such as nitrous oxide).
Moderate sedation – This is when the patient is still awake but may not be able to remember what happened during the procedure. This type of sedation dentistry can be achieved with intravenous medication or a combination of oral and inhaled medication.
Deep sedation – This is when the patient is deep asleep and will have no memory of the procedure. To achieve this level of sedation, the medication will be delivered intravenously, also known as IV sedation.
Some of the key reasons why patients request sedation dentistry for every dental appointment include the following:
Reduced anxiety: Many people feel nervous about going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry can help reduce feelings of fear and anxiety by keeping the patient in a relaxed state for every procedure, thereby causing no bad memories from being at the dentist’s office.
No pain: Sedatives can help to block pain during dental procedures.
More efficient appointments: Because sedated patients are not distracted and do not request frequent breaks, appointments for these patients will go more smoothly and quickly than if they were not sedated.
Dr. Ernie Soto is a full-service dentist with training and certification in IV sedation. He will adjust the level of sedation based on your needs and make sure it remains safe for you.
Dr. Soto wants his patients to feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable while in our dental clinic, and he will discuss which techniques are appropriate for the procedure you’re having. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Soto, call our dental clinic in Plantation today at (954) 368-6264 or fill out our convenient online request form. We look forward to being your family dentist!