If there is anything that can ease your anxiety about visiting the dentist, many patients would take it. And dental technology has developed sedation dentistry to answer that plea. In case you’re unfamiliar, sedation dentistry is an innovative field of dentistry that is extremely useful for those who fear the dentist, hate needle, have highly sensitive teeth, or are immune to the numbing effects of anesthesia. Because believe it or not, dental phobia is a real issue that many patients face. This fear has impeded their dental health, which is a terrible idea. Regular dental checkups are the only way to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible. Although sedation dentistry may not be right for everyone, patients who are undergoing periodontal treatment may want to consider sedation dentistry to ease discomfort, fears and paranoia.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
- Minimal sedation – awake but relaxed
- Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) – may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure
- Deep sedation – on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened
- General anesthesia – completely unconscious
Integrating sedation dentistry into your procedure is absolutely comfortable and safe. Patients agree that sedation dentistry was the best option for their procedure because it allows the dental staff to work thoroughly for maximum results. If you are interested in a way to make your dental experience a smooth one, ask about sedation dentistry today.
If you have questions or concerns regarding sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Yamada at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.
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