February 3, 2016
Sedation dentistry is a common way to help those who are hesitant to visit the dentist have a more enjoyable experience. As a sedation dentist in West Orange, NJ, we work with patients needing sedation to ensure they are comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures—whether you need a regular cleaning or an extensive procedure.
Overcoming Dental Phobias
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders reports roughly 4 percent of people are afraid of visiting the dentist. However, the American Dental Association actually estimates the amount of dental phobias to be as high as 10 percent, while the Dental Fears Research Clinic estimates as much as 75 percent of adults have mild to severe dental anxiety. No matter the exact amount, dental phobias are a leading reason people avoid the dentist. Now, you no longer have to fear the dentist with sedation dentistry.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
IV and oral sedation are widely used for dental procedures to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed. Sedation is extremely beneficial for those with dental phobias or heightened anxiety from dental visits. While sedation dentistry is often referred to as “sleep dentistry” this isn’t necessarily true. The misconception about “being asleep” makes people hesitant to use sedation; however, in reality, most patients are awake but have decreased alertness.
There are different levels of sedation that produce different levels of responsiveness. For example, minimal sedation can be used to relax a patient but remain awake, while deep sedation places a patient on the brink of consciousness but still easily awakened. Minimal and moderate oral and IV sedation are used most often with sedation dentistry.
Oral sedation is used for both minimal and moderate sedation depending on the form of sedation used. You remain aware of your surroundings but become less responsive. Oral sedation can be administered via the mouth, inhalation, and under the tongue. For example, one form of minimal sedation involves taking a pill prior to the procedure to feel drowsy but alert. For moderate sedation, a larger dose is given to cause a higher level of drowsiness to make a patient sleep during the procedure.
IV sedation involves administering a sedative through an IV for quicker, more effective results. Since the drug is administered through an IV, the dentist can control the amount of sedation administered to make adjustments as necessary. Contrary to popular belief, you are not fully asleep during IV sedation. Instead, you will not be aware of certain senses, such as sounds and sights, and you’ll remember little of the procedure for complete relaxation.
No matter the form of sedation used, a local anesthetic will also be used to numb the location that will be worked on to create as little pain and discomfort as possible. As a sedation dentist in West Orange, NJ, D&G Dental of West Orange offers safe and effective sedation dentistry to let your anxiety and fears fade away for a more enjoyable experience. Contact us today to discuss sedation options for your dental procedures.
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