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Will Sedation Dentistry Help Me?

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Sedation dentistry involves using medication to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed while in the dentist’s chair. Your Fresno dentist, Dr. Manual Chavez, may suggest a level of sedation that’s right for you, but you can be prepared knowing that, in general, there are four different levels of sedation. While most people who engage in sedation dentistry aren’t fully asleep during their procedure, they are nonetheless guaranteed not to feel a thing.

Is sedation dentistry right for you? Here is a guide to sedation dentistry in order to help you decide.

What level of sedation?

As mentioned, there are four levels of sedation. In the first, you are fully awake, but calm, and the area being worked on is generally numbed. In the second, you are a bit more sedated. Many patients start to slur words and become a little “out of it.” The third level of sedation involves being on the cusp of passing out, but still responsive to outside stimuli. The last level is full general anesthesia, meaning you are fully unconscious.

For minor procedures, lower levels of sedation are recommended. However, for those with a severe dentist phobia, or when a complex procedure is needed, full sedation or general anesthesia may be the best option.

What kind of sedation?

In Fresno, sedation dentistry involves three kinds of sedation. The first is inhalation sedation. You’ve heard of laughing gas or nitrous oxide? This method doesn’t put you to sleep, but it does make you comfortable and more relaxed in your surroundings. This is great for those who are just a bit nervous about visiting the dentist and only need a little help to relax.

Oral sedation involves taking a pill. These are often anti-anxiety pills. Your Fresno dentist will suggest that if you decide to go with oral sedation, you have someone with you to drive you home. These pills are safe, but you shouldn’t operate heavy machinery directly after taking them.

That warning applies to intravenous sedation, as well. As the name implies, in intravenous sedation, you are fed medication through an IV. You won’t be fully asleep, but you also won’t be interested in anything happening around you, so no driving.

Who benefits from sedation dentistry?

Because sedation dentistry doesn’t usually involve painkillers, those who get the most out of it are those who suffer general anxiety or fear at the dentist. Sedation, therefore, isn’t an alternative to localized anesthetic or numbing agents, but is intended for nerves.

If you are afraid to go to the dentist, or find it impossible to relax, you may benefit from sedation dentistry. Similarly, if you are squeamish around injections or needles, being lightly sedated before the administration of local anesthetic can help.

Sedation dentistry is fantastic for many individuals who let their fear or anxiety around dentists keep them from obtaining the oral care they need. It’s also highly useful for those having extensive work done, as a side effect of some types of sedation is feeling like time passes very quickly.

As always, if you are seeking Sedation Dentist Fresno, let Dr. Chavez know about any health issues or medications you are taking to ensure you are safe during your procedure. Dr. Chavez has been a practicing Fresno Dentist for more than 25 years. You will be in great hands. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with us.

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