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Must-Know Facts About Sedation Dentistry

Posted July 7, 2016.

If you suffer from any sort of dental phobia, sedation dentistry is a great way for you to get the dental care your teeth need without worrying to death over the next visit to the dentist. In addition, sedation dentistry is a great procedure to use for things like a root canal, getting crowns, or planing.

However, not all sedation is created equal. Sedation dentistry varies depending on your needs. Let’s take a look at what those different levels.

Mild sedation is sometimes called for to help people struggling with dental anxiety. This usually comes in the form of inhaling nitrous oxide help put you more at ease. Breathing the gas leaves you fully awake, yet relaxed.

Moderate sedation is often called for with procedures where you might need to hold your mouth open for long period of time. This is also not uncommon for special needs patients that have involuntary body movements or dental anxiety.

The sedative agent used in moderate sedation might be a pill or liquid you ingest or Pinecrest Dental might recommend using a slow drip IV. While you might fall asleep during the procedure, you can easily be awakened to answer key questions. Once the procedure is complete Pinecrest Dental will administer a counter agent which negates the sedative effect.

Deep sedation to put you at ease during long or invasive procedures such as multiple tooth extractions or outpatient oral surgery. Deep sedation is usually administered via a slow drip IV. It can take a little while for you to get back on your feet after being deeply sedated, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and perhaps help you out at home while you’re getting back on your feet.

If you’re worried at all about an upcoming visit to the dentist, or you just need to feel relaxed during a more involved procedure, then give us a call today at (801) 503.0035 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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