The health of your teeth and gums is important to you. However, past dental and medical procedures have made you fearful of going to the dentist. You are not alone in this frame of mind. Many individuals avoid getting the care their teeth need because of:
- sensitive teeth
- inability to sit still for extended periods of time
If you have been putting off dental work, sedation dentistry may be your solution. Your Prior Lake, Minnesota dentists can take away the worry and anxiety by administering various levels of medication perfect for you and the procedures you need.
Here's how sedation dentistry works.
First, the dentist does a complete oral exam. He then discusses what concerns you about dental procedures. The dentist will review your current medications and medical history. It's important to give the dentist complete information, including any vitamins or herbal supplements taken on a regular basis. Then, together you will determine what level of relaxation is right for you.
Levels of sedation
Dentists who offer sedation have specialized training to administer it. Some dental practices even employ anesthesiologists dedicated to selecting, giving and monitoring the drugs which relieve pain and relax the patient.
Levels of sedation include:
- topical or local anesthetics which typically are injected to numb the area of the mouth to be worked on
- minimal sedation such as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, administered via mask, which allows the patient to be awake but relaxed, and even somewhat euphoric, during the procedure
- moderate sedation in the form of pills such as Valium, Vistaril or Versed or intravenous medication through a needle in the arm
- deep sedation or general anesthesia which renders the individual unconscious
Local anesthetics and nitrous oxide work well for many people, especially if the dental work is under 2 hours in length and relatively uncomplicated. The medication simply wears off, leaving the patient with no side effects.
With deeper kinds of sedation, the patient is carefully monitored for level of pain and consciousness. During the procedure, the dentist can adjust the amount of medication according to need. Vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse and respirations are watched, and the patient must be driven home from the appointment if moderate or deep sedation is used. These medications are best for patients who are extremely nervous or who have numerous and complicated procedures.
Babcock & Morgan Family Dental
Doctors Michael Babcock and Tom Morgan want their patients to be as comfortable as possible during their dental appointments. As such, they offer different kinds of dental sedation. They can help you decide what kind is right for you.
Contact their friendly and compassionate staff at their Prior Lake, Minnesota offices today. Call (952) 447-4611 to see Dr. Babcock or Dr. Morgan. They can make your dental visit a stress-free experience.