Dentist, Edward Filangeri provides dental treatment services in Lake Ronkonkoma New York. Our dental care services include: Family, Childrens, Cosmetic, General, Dental Implant, Orthodontic, Restorative and Preventive Dentistry. Other dental treatment services include: dental root canal treatment, gum disease treatment, oral cancer screening, dentures, sleep apnea, white dental fillings, dental crowns, bridges and veneers, smile makeovers, dental digital imaging and oral hygiene care.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Sedation Dentistry: Can You Really Relax in the Dentist's Chair?
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make
your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a
toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of
people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have
For people who avoid dentists like the plague,
sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used
for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it's
used depends on the severity of the fear.
Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients
relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep
dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually
awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
·Minimal sedation -- you are awake but relaxed.
·Moderate sedation (formerly called "conscious
sedation") -- You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much
of the procedure.
·Deep sedation -- you are on the edge of
consciousness but can still be awakened.
·General anesthesia -- you are completely
Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry?
The following types of sedation are used in
·Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide
-- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through
a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can
control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off
quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive
yourself home after the procedure.
·Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given,
oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you
take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug
family as Valium, and it's usually taken about an hour before the procedure.
The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose
may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most
commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough
from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They
usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.
·IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug
through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist
to continually adjust the level of sedation.
·Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get
medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious
-- deeply asleep -- during the procedure. While you are under general
anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear
off or are reversed with medication.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive,
you'll also typically need a local anesthetic -- numbing medication at the site
where the dentist is working in the mouth -- to relieve pain if the procedure
causes any discomfort.