Most of us fear the very first thought of visiting a dentist, not to mention the anxiety of undergoing complicated dental procedures. Most people develop these anxieties from the false notion that dental treatments are uncomfortable and involve much pain.
At Persimmon Dental Care, we always strive to change this perception by providing a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment for our patients. But we acknowledge the fact that this isn't always enough. For some people, dental fear and anxiety would be due to their fear of needles, breathing issues, or traumatic experiences in the past. For such people, sedation dentistry can help reduce their anxiety and discomfort.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedation methods during dental procedures. They are most commonly used during complex treatments or for patients with a severe dental phobia and who find it challenging to sit still while undergoing dental treatment.
Types of sedation
In dentistry, sedation can take various forms, from nitrous oxide that helps relax a patient during dental procedures to general anesthesia that puts the patient in a deep sleep.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is given in combination with oxygen to the patients through a comfortably fitting nasal breathing mask to evoke a calming effect on anxious patients. The results of the procedure are rapid, and its effects will subside almost instantly after the procedure.
Oral sedatives help patients overcome dental fear and anxiety by inducing a relaxed state of mind, thus minimizing their discomfort and pain. Patients administered with oral sedatives would be conscious about everything around them but will have no memory of the procedure once it is over.
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Intravenous sedation involves administering the sedation to the patients via injection into their blood vessels. This mode of sedation is used for more demanding dental procedures, such as dental extractions and oral surgeries. Patients administered with IV sedation will remain responsive during the treatment but do not remember everything about the treatment afterward.
General anesthesia is administered when the patients undergo complicated dental procedures. This type of dental sedation puts the patient in a deep sleep during the procedure, and they do not remember anything afterward. General anesthesia can be administered in various ways, through an IV or gas inhalation under professional guidance.
For experiencing safe and comfortable dental procedures under sedation Dentistry, it is essential to choose a dentist with the relevant qualifications and expertise to give you sedation. At Persimmon Dental Care, we have the necessary skill and training to ensure safe sedation dentistry services to make our patients feel relaxed during the procedure.
To undergo dental procedures in a safe and comfortable environment with the help of sedation dentistry, call Persimmon Dental Care at (925) 999-8282.