Sedation Dentistry In Merrick, NY
Sedation dentistry refers to the process of establishing a relaxed, calm state during a dental treatment through the use of sedatives, and is an ideal solution for fearful patients or extensive treatments that would otherwise require multiple appointments. Due to the varying level of anxiety of different patients, different sedatives vary in degrees of relaxation. A skilled sedation dentist will make you feel comfortable and relaxed while you get the work that you need done.
The different types of sedation dentistry
· Local anesthesia– administered by injecting medication into tissue or by applying a medication topically to an area to eliminate sensation.
· Minimal sedation– used most frequently in dentistry and usually involves taking medications orally. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on his or her own. The patient may respond normally to verbal commands and may experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their dental appointment. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” may be used to achieve minimal sedation and in combination with a recommended dosage of oral medication.
· Moderate sedation– achieved by using medications that can be taken orally or intravenously. Patients who undergo moderate sedation are awake and respond to touch and/or verbal commands. All bodily functions remain normal, and the patient does not need assistance breathing.
· Deep sedation– can be achieved by injecting medication, giving oral medications, and in combination with gases. Patients who are deeply sedated are not easily woken up, but may respond to some stimulation. Patients may need some breathing assistance at deeper levels. For severe cases of dental phobia, it’s possible for a patient to undergo a major dental procedure and remember very little of it with the help of our anesthesiologist. The type of sedative a patient can receive will depend on the anesthesiologist’s discretion, the patient’s degree of anxiety and the extent of the procedure.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Patients suffering from dental phobia are often hesitant to undergo long or complex dental procedures because they aren’t sure whether they'll be able to withstand long periods of time in the dental chair. With sedation dentistry, however, you'll be able to endure the smile makeover they’ve always wanted. This is due in part to the fact that sedatives make long procedures seem like only a few minutes, leaving you in a relaxed, and anxiety-free state while the dentist is free to perform the procedure with ease. Appointments that would generally require multiple visits can often be performed in just one due to the patients increased cooperation.
And since sedation dentistry helps reduce many fears experienced by anxious patients, patients are more likely to go to the dentist for routine care and other treatments once they understand the ease in which a treatment can be performed under the use of sedatives.
For more information on Sedation Dentistry in the Merrick, NY area call Robert A. Coleman DMD at (516) 378-0867 today!