• Sedation Dentistry: Have Your Procedure While You Sleep

    (Photo credit: “A Dentist and Her Dental Assistant” by Erik Christensen. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0.)

    For most patients, going to the dentist is a neutral or enjoyable experience. But for patients who have dental anxiety or a particularly strong gag reflex, a dentist appointment is a frustrating – or even scary – experience. Here at Badie Dental, we understand that dental phobia is a real condition, and we’re proud to offer a variety of sedation options to help our more nervous patients. If you’ve been putting off a dentist appointment due to anxiety, a sedation dentistry session can help you to get the care you need without any of the fear or trauma. Here’s what you need to know.

     

    How It Works: Go to Sleep and Wake Up with a New Smile

    Sedation dentistry relies on the use of sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs to soothe and relax fearful patients. This completely safe form of dentistry is quite common throughout North America, and was developed in order to meet a growing demand for more pleasant dentistry experiences. Estimates range in number, but most sources say that anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of Americans put off or avoid seeing the dentist due to dental anxiety. As a result, the dental industry has created a variety of affordable and accessible sedation options for anxious patients. During your appointment, your dentist and a sedation specialist will administer a sedative or anxiolytic that will prevent you from feeling pain or even remembering your procedure. After the procedure, you’ll awaken with your dental work complete.

     

    Multiple Sedation Options for Your Unique Needs

    There are multiple levels of sedation, each one designed for a different kind of patient and procedure. The lightest level of sedation involves nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. When under the effects of nitrous oxide, you’ll be fully conscious during your dental procedure, but you’ll feel no anxiety and you’ll have no memory of the procedure even taking place. Nitrous oxide is easy to reverse – as an inhaled drug, its effects wear off as soon as you stop breathing it in – so you can drive yourself home from your appointment.

    If you’re looking to have more extensive dental work done, you’ll need a heavier sedative. IV sedation and oral sedation are stronger sedative options that place you in a deeply relaxed (though still conscious) state. You’ll remember very little of your appointment while under the effects of an IV or oral sedative. IV sedation in particular can be quite useful if you have a strong gag reflex, as it relaxes the throat muscles.

    For more invasive procedures, though, the best kind of sedation is general anesthesia. When under general anesthesia, you’ll be completely unconscious for the whole duration of your procedure. This is a great option for people with anxiety disorders who are taking regular sedatives or antianxiety drugs as part of a mental health treatment plan.

    Sedation dentistry is a great option for nervous patients, patients with anxiety disorders, and patients with a strong gag reflex. If you’ve been putting off a dental procedure due to anxiety, we can help. Here at Badie Dental we offer a range of sedation options and can provide you with great dental work while you sleep. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Badie, call us today at (520) 433-9800.

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  • Posted by Taylor Bishop on August 11, 2017, 8:03 am

    Thanks for helping me understand more about sedation dentistry. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it’s good to know that it’s an option to help relax people that are afraid. That being said, it’s really interesting to know that 15-50 percent of Americans put off seeing a dentist due to their fear. Seems like this could be a viable option for people like them. It could be worth it to find a dentist that can do this and discuss with them about it and what some of your options are.

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  • Posted by Gary Puntman on April 9, 2018, 9:51 am

    I tend to be scared of dental procedures. I would love to be able to sleep through it whenever possible. I’m glad there are multiple sedation options nowadays. It’s good to know that there are different levels of sedation too. It seems like laughing gas is a good option for light sedation, like you said.

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  • Posted by Jenna Hunter on May 18, 2018, 1:09 pm

    I didn’t know that it was an option to use sedatives or anti-anxiety medications to relax or even sleep during dental procedures. My sister has always had a fear of dentists and is very anxious even for simple cleanings. If she ever needs to have a more intensive procedure done, I will be sure to suggest this option to her to help ease her nerves.

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  • Posted by Joy Butler on August 20, 2018, 9:11 pm

    My husband is afraid of any pointed items, and we don’t know why. Knowing that he can be treated while sleeping really mean a lot to him. He just told me to book for an appointment as he wants to restore his missing teeth.

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