According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, about 30 percent of American adults do not receive dental care because they are anxious about visiting the dentist.
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned send chills down your spine? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache than to see a dentist? If going to the dentist or dental procedures concerns you, then ask your dentist about the possibility of using sleep dentistry.
Sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry North Las Vegas, uses medication to relax patients or put them to sleep before dental work. However, sedation is not pain medication, so you will still require a local painkiller.
Sleep dentistry is good for people who have a low pain threshold, can't sit still in the dentist's chair, have very sensitive teeth, a bad gag reflex, or need a large amount of dental work completed.
Sleep dentistry provides relief for all forms of procedures, both simple and complex. Sleep dentistry can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning.
There are a variety of sleep dentistry methods:
Inhaled sedation means that you will breath a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive. Nitrous oxide tends to be safe with children, and just about any dentist can administer it.
In oral sedation, you swallow a pill, usually Halcion. It’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce more sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly used in sleep dentistry.
IV Sedation Dentistry North Las Vegas:
When using IV sedation, you receive the sedative drug through a vein in your arm, so it goes to work more quickly. The dentist can adjust the level of sedation when needed.
With deep sedation and general anesthesia, you will get medications that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious during the dental procedure. Under general anesthesia, you will have to be woken up with medication and wait for the effects to wear off. You will need someone to drive you home from the dentist office.
Only a small percentage of dentists have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) program in deep sedation and general anesthesia. These dentists are usually oral and maxillofacial surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you'll usually need a local anesthetic to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
However, as with any medication, sedation dentistry North Las Vegas involves a certain amount of risk. It is important to talk to your dentist about these risks. Also, be sure to tell your dentist about any medication you are taking or any health conditions that you have.
If you’d like to learn more about sleep dentistry, please call (702) 803-1810 and schedule an appointment with an experienced dentist today.