How Temecula Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Relax
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist’s office? You’re not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment. We want you to feel comfortable every minute you site in our chair. Dr Bao is known as an affordable dentist and no pain dentist.
What is sedation dentistry in Temecula?
Our 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 except for those who are under general anesthesia. We typical use nitrous oxide sedation. This allows the patient to relax during most all dental procedures.
The levels of sedation used include:
- Moderate sedation was formerly called “conscious sedation.” You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
- Deep sedation you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
- General anesthesia you are completely unconscious.
Types of Conscious Sedation Dentistry:
- Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide sedation — otherwise known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. This nitrous oxide sedation gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
- Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the tablet is Halcion. It is a member of the same drug family as Valium. It is usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy. You will still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.
- IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia. You will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious — deeply asleep — during the procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic. Locals are numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth. We use local sedation to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
Sedation Dentistry Side Effects:
Dental sedation is perfectly safe. Most of our patients report minor or no side effects from sedation. Pain management and sedation makes invasive procedures far easier for patients to tolerate. We also use it for procedures that take a long time or for patients that are afraid of the dentist.
Every patient reacts differently to medication and sedation. We can never assume that sedation is perfect for everyone. Side effects are rare for most people. The following list is some of the side effects we have heard over the years.
- Unable to drive home from the appointment or remember the care instructions. …
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
- Dry mouth.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Rarely but some report that they forget the entire dental procedure. This can happen even when you’re awake for it.