For some people stepping into a dentist’s office is nothing short of a nightmare. They would rather bear the agonizing pain of an infected tooth instead of going to the dentist. At Metro Dental, we don’t want your fear of dental treatment come in the way of your good dental and physical health. Therefore, in addition to her gentle and friendly treatment style, Dr. Lynn also uses sedation dentistry for the treatment of highly anxious or frightened patients.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves treatment of apprehensive or uncooperative patients under the effect of a sedative agent. During sedation, you will be drowsy, but you will be conscious enough to respond to Dr. Lynn’s instructions. The best part is that you once your treatment has been completed, you won’t remember anything about it. So, no bad memories!
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
At Metro Dental, Dr. Lynn recommends sedation dentistry in the following cases:
Apprehensive or Uncooperative Patients – treatment under sedation is suitable for uncooperative or highly anxious patients who won’t sit still and do not let the dentist perform the treatment.
Disabled Patients – sedation is also indicated for physically or mentally challenged patients who are unable to control their movements during dental treatment.
Long Procedures – in cases where multiple procedures need to be performed on a patient in a single sitting, then it becomes difficult for the patient to sit for long durations. It becomes easier for the dentist as well as the patient if the procedure is performed under sedation.
What are Different Types of Sedation?
Depending on the expected duration of the procedure, different types and levels of sedation are available at Metro Dental:
Inhalation Sedation – in this form of sedation, you will be asked through a mask containing a mixture of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas provides a mild sedative effect which remains while you’re inhaling it. As soon as the supply of nitrous gas is discontinued, the effect of sedation will go away immediately. After nitrous gas inhalation sedation, you can drive yourself back to your office or home.
Oral Sedation – for a deeper level of sedation, we will give you an oral sedative medicine which you will take the night before, and then once you arrive for your appointment. The effect of oral sedation is more pronounced than inhalation. This type of sedation is reserved for more anxious or apprehensive patients, and the effect of this inhalation tend to last longer. For oral sedation, you should be accompanied by a family member who can drive you home.
Intravenous Sedation – for highly frightened or uncooperative patients, intravenous sedation is used. This type of sedation is also used when long procedures need to be performed in a single sitting. The procedure involves an intravenous injection of a sedative agent which has a rapid onset and last for many hours. After treatment under intravenous sedation, patients are kept in a recovery room while they gain consciousness, and their vital signs are continuously monitored.
Thanks to sedation dentistry at Metro Dental, you no longer have to live in the fear of dental treatment. So, book an appointment with us today and let us turn your treatment into a pleasant and enjoyable experience.