Is Sedation Dentistry Effective?

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Is Sedation Dentistry Effective?

If the thought of going to the dentist immediately makes you feel distressed and anxious, you may suffer from dentophobia. You wouldn’t be alone with your fears. One study out of the Journal of Dental Hygiene showed that approximately 19% of the population that was used had moderate to high levels of dental anxiety. 

When dental anxiety is present, it becomes much more likely that patients will forgo scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams. This can lead to poor dental health and problems that in the end may be so painful they force a patient to have to see their local dental provider. In many situations, if regular dental examinations and cleanings were done, these unpleasant dental conditions may have been prevented.

Through sedation dentistry, alleviating these dental fears can be possible. If you live in San Diego County and are fearful of the dentist, McBride Dental is a San Diego sedation dental office that can help you overcome your apprehension.

The Sedation Dentistry Process

Is Sedation Dentistry EffectiveAdvances in modern dentistry have made going to the dentist more comfortable. Today, if you go to a dentist that offers sedation dentistry, you can feel calmer about seeing your provider. Your sedation dentist will use specific medications to help patients loosen up and relax so they can easily have their dental procedure or examination done.

Depending on how severe your dental anxiety is or the invasiveness of the procedure you are having, there are levels of sedation that can be used to address your unique situation. These include:

  • Minimal sedation will not put a patient entirely to sleep. Patients will be up and aware of where they are but they will be relaxed and comfortable.
  • Moderate sedation still will not put patients entirely to sleep but a patient will be less conscious of their surroundings. It is most likely that a patient will not have full recollection of their dental procedure.
  • Deep sedation will put a patient to sleep but not completely to the point where they cannot be awakened.
  • General anesthesia is the most intense form of sedation and will put patients completely to sleep with no awareness at all of what is happening.

You can have sedation medication delivered via:

  • Inhaled medical gases.
  • Oral medications.
  • Intravenous sedation.

The duration of the sedation will be dependant on what procedure is being done, what type of sedation is being used, the level of sedation administered. Most often after a dental procedure is completed that uses sedation, a patient may feel drowsy. It is perfectly fine to feel this way and even to sleep the medication off. As long as a patient can be woken up from sleep and exhibit the ability to respond then it is just a matter of time for the medication to wear off.

Make Your Appointment with a Sedation Dentist Today

The San Marcos sedation dentist at McBride Dental can answer all of your questions regarding sedation dentistry and detail how sedation dentistry can make your dental experience more pleasant. Call the San Diego family dentist at McBride Dental today to schedule your appointment at (760) 471-1003.  

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