Oral Conscious Sedation
Tinton Falls, NJ
Have you ever felt bouts of fear run through your body at the mere thought of getting your teeth cleaned? Would you rather stay home and endure intense pain than visit your dentist’s office? Well, you’re not alone. Most people go through the same feelings and prefer avoiding dental treatment completely.
However, at Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we make sure to keep you from feeling intense discomfort and pain. Thanks to sedation dentistry, most people can easily get rid of their anxiety associated with invasive as well as non-invasive procedures.
Here’s more on the use of oral conscious sedation and its implications on dental procedures.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Based on the intensity of your fear, your dental surgeon chooses the appropriate sedation method. Oral sedation can lie anywhere between minimal to moderate, depending on your condition. Your dental surgeon may recommend taking a pill for minimal sedation at least one hour before the procedure.
The pill tends to make patients drowsy even though they are still awake. In order to induce moderate sedation, they may even administer a slightly larger dose. This type of anesthesia is usually associated with sedation dentistry as some people also become groggy and fall asleep while they undergo the procedure. However, it isn’t extremely strong, and surgeons can still wake patients up with a gentle shake mid-surgery.
The main difference between minimal and moderate sedation is that the patient is still awake but relaxed in minimal sedation. However, in moderate sedation, they may slur their words when speaking and may also have trouble remembering the procedure.
Is Sedation Appropriate For You?
If you’re someone who undergoes extreme anxiety and fear about visiting the dentist, even for a small procedure, then sedation dentistry is just the right approach for you. It is also appropriate for people with bad gag reflex and a low pain threshold. People who cannot sit still and need a lot of dental work can also benefit from sedation. Sometimes, children can also fall under this category if they refuse to cooperate during a procedure. Since nitrous oxide is generally safe, it can be administered within the recommended dose based on the child’s weight and age.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
While it is usually safe, there’s still a certain amount of risk involved. People who have obstructive sleep apnea or those who have obesity should undergo consultation before choosing to go ahead with it. This is because they have a greater chance of developing complications from anesthesia.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Sedation dentistry can help people immensely, especially when it comes to reducing their anxiety associated with dental procedures. However, understanding the complications and risks involved is also crucial and plays a role in determining the course of the procedure.
At Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Jeffrey N Zatzkin, DDS and , who specialize in the field can run you through the procedure and help you deal with fear effectively. Contact us at (732) 982-7988 and schedule your consultation appointment.