Given the number of Dental Sedation options, we thought it would be helpful to give some more specific detail on the choices available to you. It will help inform you for when you meet with your dentist and discuss your upcoming procedure. Here are a few questions/answers to read before your visit:
Before even looking at the options, what do I need to consider?
Think specifically why you want sedation before your treatment and what level of sedation you think you may need. Some questions to consider are: Are you OK with being very relaxed but still “awake,” or do you want to be completely put to sleep? This discussion will help you and your dentist decide together which level of sedation is appropriate for you.
Is it true a prescription pill can make all my fears disappear and help me sleep through my dental treatment?
Not necessarily. Oral sedation is a very useful technique that works great for many patients, but it has its limitations. For many patients, oral sedation can provide an adequate level of sedation and for other patients it will not (pending current medications already taken).
What is the benefit of IV sedation over oral sedation (the pill)?
IV Sedation is more powerful because it allows the administration of multiple types of drugs through one IV and the effects are almost instantaneous. In contrast, with oral sedation, it’s approximately 30 minutes before the drug begins to take effect.
Additionally, with IV sedation the exact dose of the medications can be adjusted to achieve the optimal level quickly and predictably. With oral sedation, if an additional dose is needed, you’ll need to wait another 30 minutes for it to take effect.
Do you do general anesthesia in the office if the other dental sedation options don’t work for me?
Yes, some individuals are not candidates for IV sedation in which case you may be interested in general anesthesia. The good news is at our office, we will bring in an anesthesiologist to administer the anesthesia, so you do not need to go anywhere else for your appointment. This can help save you thousands of dollars in hospital bills!
Is being sedated “less safe” than conventional dental treatment?
Absolutely not. In fact, an appropriate level of sedation can reduce risk to the patient by ensuring they are relaxed. If an emergency occurs in a dental office it is often a result of the patient’s body responding to fear or stress.
If you are still not sure which option is best for you, don’t worry! The doctors at Mint Hill Dentistry will take care of you – you’re our top priority! Together we will decide the best option for you based upon your in-person consultation and your medical history. We’re ready when you are to help improve your smile!