Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
If you have ever sat in a dentist chair and contemplated bolting out of the door, or been so afraid of the dentist, you would rather endure the pain of a toothache, then you might be surprised and relieved to learn about sedation dentistry. Sedation can be chosen for cleanings, fillings, and even more invasive procedures to aid in the comfort and ease the anxiety of a dental visit.
Different types of sedation
Generally, there are different levels of sedation: minimal, moderate, deep and general anesthesia. In minimal sedation, you are awake but calm and stress-free. With moderate sedation, you may slur your words and remember nothing of the procedure afterward. With deep sedation, you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened. Under general anesthesia you are unconscious.
Types of sedation used at Laser Dentistry of Erie
- Inhaled minimal sedation-You breathe in a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) through a mask placed over your nose. Your dentist controls the amount of gas you receive as this type of sedation wears off quickly and leaves no residual effects. You can even drive yourself home!
- Oral sedation-This type of sedation is given in pill form an hour before the procedure (a larger dose may be given to produce deeper sedation). Halcion is similar to Valium, so you are drowsy but should you fall asleep can still be awakened with a slight shake. This is the type of sedation most associated with dentistry in the public mind.
Can anybody have any type of Sedation he or she wants?
The answer is no. Most dentists are trained to administer minimal and moderate sedation, and they are good choices for people who have the type of anxiety which causes them to choose to live with dental pain rather than go to a dentist. It is also appropriate for those who have a threshold for pain that is very low; who can’t sit still; who have very sensitive teeth or a bad gag reflex or who just have a large amount of dental work to be done. Many pediatric dentists are also trained to administer sedation appropriate to a child’s age and weight. Most dentists are not trained to administer the deeper forms of sedation.
Be an Informed Patient
Go over your medical history and your current medications to see if you are a candidate for sedation and for which type. Ask if the dose is within the range recommended by the FDA. You should receive information explaining the risks of sedation. Go over this with your dentist. Make sure there is an emergency plan in place in case something goes wrong during your sedation experience.
Sedation Dentistry in Erie
Dental anxiety no more! If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, we can help! Our staff of friendly professionals can make your dental health an easy and stress-free experience. Call your dentist at Laser Dentistry of Erie at (814) 825-2615 for an appointment today!