There are a lot of people that completely avoid seeing the dentist because they are too scared. This anxiety and phobia can eventually completely destroy your oral health if you avoid the dentist for long enough. Since oral health is vital to maintaining a healthy body, you need to find some way to reduce these fears to get regular dental checkups. The creation of sedation dentistry makes it easier than ever to reduce or eliminate your fears of the dentist.
Sedation dentistry helps you relax during your dental visits by using medication. There are several different levels of sedation used that are based on your consciousness during the dental procedures. Minimal sedation will keep you awake, but the medication will make you very relaxed.
Moderate sedation will medicate you enough to keep you from remembering most of procedure. Deep sedation keeps you on the edge of unconsciousness and consciousness. The dentist will still be able to wake you up if needed while in deep sedation. General anesthesia is the final sedation level, and it will make you completely unconscious. This is the same sedation used during medical surgeries.
The sedation medication can be administered in several different ways. Inhaled sedation will have you breathe in nitrous oxide to help eliminate your anxiety. Inhaled sedation is a form of minimal sedation. The medication can also be taken orally. The pills used in oral sedation can provide a minimal or moderate level of sedation, but it will take up to an hour for the medication to start working. Most people that receive oral sedation will fall asleep during their dental procedure, but you will not have a problem waking up with a shake or tap on the shoulder.
The final way the sedation medication can be administered is through an IV. This will allow the dentist to adjust the level of sedation throughout the entire procedure.
While sedation dentistry is primarily for people with severe anxiety, it can also be used to help people with several other conditions. Sedation dentistry can be effective for patients with a bad gag reflex, extremely sensitive teeth, a low pain tolerance or severe dental problems that require a lot of work.
Since the dental practice of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS specializes in sedation dentistry, you will have nothing to worry about during your dental appointment. There is simply no reason to go through life with painful oral problems when they can be easily fixed by our skilled cosmetic dentist. Dr. Jirik’s office is located in Cabot, but he happily serves the Little Rock area as well. Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment.