Many of our patients are afraid of dental treatments. But this should not stop anyone from getting the treatment they need. With sedation dentistry, you have nothing to fear. Whether you need a simple tooth cleaning or something more invasive such as a dental implant, there’s no need to worry – with sedation dentistry you can relax and be at ease in the dentist’s chair.
Our office here in Tamarac, FL offers several types of sedation. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the level of comfort of the patient, your dentist may choose from the following:
- Inhaled Minimal Sedation. This type of sedation involves the use of nitrous oxide which is commonly known as “laughing gas”. Your dentist will ask you to inhale this gas combined with oxygen through a mask placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide wears off easily and is mostly administered for routine procedures like teeth cleaning, dental inlays and tooth extraction especially for patients who are anxious about their dental procedure.
- Oral Sedation. With this type of sedation, the dentist will ask you to take a sedative pill usually an hour before the procedure to help you relax. Depending on the dosage, the pill will make you feel drowsy or will help you fall asleep. Patients who have experienced dental trauma or anxiety attack are prescribed this sedative.
- IV Moderate Sedation. This type of sedation is best if your dentist needs to adjust the level of sedation periodically. It is a fast acting type of sedation since it goes straight to your body through a vein. This option is usually used for longer and complex dental procedures.
- General Anesthesia. This type of sedation is administered by injecting a certain medication into your body. With this method, the patient will be unconscious throughout the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is a generally safe procedure, although it has to be administered only by trained medical professionals. Keep in mind that while most dentists are trained to administer most types of sedation, it’s important that you discuss your concerns with your dentist prior to the procedure. You should also inform your dentist if you are taking any medication or have a medical condition.
If you have any questions, Dr. Justin Devack is happy to answer them. To schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact the office at (954) 715-1522. We are located at 4600 W Commercial Blvd Suit 2 Tamarac, FL 33319.