At On Call Dental LV in Las Vegas, we specialize in Sedation Dentistry for those patients who experience anxiety or fear dental procedures. Our main concern is your health and safety, working to make every dental experience as smooth and comfortable as possible.
If you experience extreme fear or anxiety that is keeping you from going to the dentist and maintaining proper oral health, then sedation dentistry might be right for you. Our experienced dental team can talk with you about the options and work to find a solution that helps take the anxiety out of visiting the dentist.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry provides an option to help you relax while visiting the dentist for anything from a routine teeth cleaning to a more significant procedure, depending on your level of fear and anxiety. It involves using medication to help you relax during a dental visit, with the intensity of sedation depending on the type of procedure and the extent of your fear or anxiety.
Types of sedation dentistry
Most sedation methods used in sedation dentistry keep the patient awake, with the exception of general anesthesia for more involved procedures. The intensity of the sedation ranges from minimal sedation, where you are awake but relaxed, to general anesthesia, where you are completely unconscious.
- Minimal sedation: “Laughing gas,” or nitrous oxide, is often used as a mild sedation to help you relax. Inhaled with oxygen, it typically produces a feeling of well-being and helps relieve anxiety and pain during the procedure.
- Oral sedation: Oral sedatives can be used for either minimal or moderate sedation, administered in pill form about an hour before the procedure. The dose is adjusted to achieve the appropriate level of sedation for the patient, typically resulting in a dulled state of consciousness. Under this type of sedation, you can still breathe independently and respond to verbal or physical stimulation, but you likely won’t recall any pain, sounds or smells from during the procedure.
- IV sedation: While pills are typically taken an hour before dental procedure, IV sedation offers the option to receive the sedative drug almost immediately before. It has similar effects to oral sedation when used for moderate sedation, with the only difference being in the method used to administer the drug.
- Deep sedation: Deep sedation goes one step beyond moderate sedation and is typically achieved through IV sedation or general anesthesia medications. You may not be able to breathe independently in deep sedation and will not respond to most stimulation, although you can still be awakened before the sedative wears off.
- General anesthesia: General anesthesia is typically only used for dental surgery procedures and involves total unconsciousness until the medication wears off or is reversed with other medication.
How safe is sedation dentistry?
Sedation given by our experienced dentists at On Call Dental LV is an extremely safe procedure. While there is always a risk in getting anesthesia, our dentists are thoroughly trained in administering the medications and will always analyze whether you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry given your medical history and anxiety.
Is sedation dentistry right for you?
If you are someone who stays away from the dentist due to anxiety or fear about dental procedures, sedation dentistry might be right for you. Fear and anxiety shouldn’t keep you from maintaining good oral health. By using mild sedatives, we can help turn the dental experience from a dreaded visit into a positive, important part of your overall health care.
At On Call Dental LV in Las Vegas, we always aim to make the dental process as smooth and comfortable as possible. If you think sedation dentistry might be right for you, call our experienced dentists in Las Vegas today at 702-233-5551!