Why Consider Being Sedated?
Whether due to the sound of the drill, the thought of going itself or simply the threat of discomfort, dental anxiety is a common issue among people everywhere. However, sedation dentistry can help you get through your dental appointment with ease. But is sedation dentistry right for you? Find out with help from your Novi, MI dentist.
How does sedation dentistry work?
Sedation dentistry allows your dentist to administer medications to help anxious patients relax during their procedure. Also inaccurately called “sleep” dentistry, most sedation medications do not put you completely to sleep. Your dentist uses one of three main methods to administer sedation medication: orally, inhalation or intravenous. Depending on you and your level of anxiety, your Novi dentist can help you determine which method and level of sedation you require. Sedation dentistry is great for people who are scared of seeing the dentist or certain dental procedures, those who require several procedures at once and patients who have a sensitive gag reflex or sensitive teeth.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
- Minimal Sedation: Often referred to as “laughing gas”, minimal sedation is normally administered through the inhalation method. This level of sedation relaxes your mind and body while keeping you alert and awake. You will act and feel normal aside from being very relaxed.
- Moderate Sedation: Moderate sedation is normally administered orally. You will still be awake, but may slur your words and parts of the procedure may be blurry.
- Deep Sedation: This level of sedation puts you into a state between being awake and unconscious. You will probably not remember much of your procedure, and will require someone to help you for a few hours afterward.
- General Anesthesia: Usually reserved for oral surgeries, general anesthesia puts you completely to sleep and requires several hours recovery after your procedure. Your will not wake up until after the anesthesia wears off on its own.
If you undergo moderate sedation or higher, you will need someone to drive you home. A good candidate for any form of sedation is in good general health. For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI. Call (248) 347-0030 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!