Dental sedation is any time anesthesia is used for a dental procedure. Most dentistry only requires topical anesthesia, such as for a root canal or tooth extraction. However, each person’s comfort level, pain tolerance, and anxiety regarding dental procedures is different. This means some people may prefer sedation dentistry over local anesthesia for more intense services, like impacted tooth treatment. Learn more about Greenwood Dental’s sedation dentistry in Illinois by reaching out online or calling 855.528.3961.
Types of Sedation
Sedation in dentistry falls into four main categories: minimal, oral, IV, and deep. Each is covered in more detail below.
Minimal Dental Sedation
This type of sedation involves the application of nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is not only an effective sedative; it also helps reduce dental anxiety. Another benefit is that patients recover quickly from its use and can drive themselves home from a procedure that uses it.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Some types of sedation require taking a pill prior to a procedure. While it won’t put you to sleep, it will reduce your experience of pain, making for a less fearful time in the dentist’s chair.
IV Sedation Dentistry
You can think of IV sedation as a much stronger-acting version of laughing gas. Instead of inhaling, it is delivered straight to your veins like an IV you would receive in a hospital.
Deep Sedation Dentistry
Deep sedation is also called general anesthesia and is likely what most people think of first when they hear the word “sedation.” Deep sedation results in a patient being fully unconscious throughout a procedure. This is reserved for the most extreme dental procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal.
When Do I Need an Illinois Sedation Dentist?
If you are not someone who experiences dental anxiety, chances are you won’t need sedation dentistry for anything but the most invasive services. If fear and anxiety are common to your dental visits, minimal sedation can help take the edge off.
You should work with your dentist to determine whether or not sedation is right for you during an upcoming appointment. Things that may increase sedation’s benefits for you include:
- Sensitive oral nerves that make even general dental work more painful
- If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder
- Previous negative experiences at the dentist
- A high tolerance for local anesthetics
If you know one or more things on this list apply to you, be honest with your dentist about it. The more they know in advance of a procedure, the more likely it is that they can implement the right techniques and sedation solutions to make your visit productive and as stress-free as possible. Sedation dentistry is available to all of our dental clients. Our additional dentistry services include:
- General dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Restorative dentistry
- Dental implants
Sedation Dentistry Illinois
Greenwood Dental in Illinois works with each of our patients to achieve the best oral health outcomes. We understand dental anxiety and fear and customize each patient’s experience to alleviate their concerns. Nerves in the lead-up to dental work can happen to anyone, but they don’t have to get in the way of a healthy mouth and a radiant smile.
Why Is Gum Protection Important?
Many people will assume their gums are healthy and spend time working on other health problems. However, gum health may directly affect your physical health. Gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you have sensitive gums, Greenwood dental offers local anesthetic to each of our patients.