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How sedation dentistry from Two Rivers Family Dental can help you
Are you afraid of visiting your dentist? If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a very common problem that needs to be addressed. When you suffer from dental anxiety, it’s not all in your head. Dental anxiety can cause systemic physical problems like increased heart rate and breathing difficulties. The good news is, thanks to dental sedation from Dr. Chris Hansen, your family dentist at Two Rivers Family Dental in Two Rivers, WI, you can enjoy your dental visit once again.
Many people have a fear of needles; others dislike the feeling of vulnerability by lying back in the dental chair. Whatever the reason for your dental anxiety, you can be assured of a calm, relaxed, gentle appointment, thanks to sedation dentistry and the skills of your family dentist.
There are many levels of sedation available from your dentist in Two Rivers, depending on your desired state of relaxation. Your dentist will discuss the various options available and help you determine what level is best for your needs. Consider:
Oral sedation--taken in the form of a pill; oral sedation allows you to be relaxed but still conscious and able to answer questions. Common oral sedation medications include Valium, Halcion and a variety of other medications.
Inhaled conscious sedation--typically consisting of an oxygen and nitrous oxide mixture which you will inhale through a nosepiece; inhaled conscious sedation also allows you to be conscious enough to answer questions, but still feel very relaxed.
Combination oral and inhaled sedation--the two types of sedation can be combined to provide a deeper level of sedation than oral sedation alone.
Intravenous conscious sedation--IV sedation consists of liquid medication injected directly into a vein. The sedative effects are immediate as the medication goes directly into your bloodstream. You may be very deeply relaxed or completely asleep if you wish.
Sedation dentistry can help your dental visit by giving you a feeling of relaxation and comfort. You may even have more treatment completed because you will be calm throughout your appointment. To find out more about sedation dentistry and what it can do for you, it’s time to call Dr. Hansen, your family dentist at Two Rivers Family Dental in Two Rivers, WI. Call today and feel better about your dental visit!
Did you know 50% of people admit to some form of anxiety visiting the dentist, with roughly 1 in 6 avoiding dental care altogether because of it? To ease anxiety dentistry has developed sedation methods that help patients relax during dental treatment.
Many can achieve relaxation with an oral sedative taken about an hour before a visit. Some with acute anxiety, though, may need deeper sedation through an intravenous (IV) injection of medication. Unlike general anesthesia which achieves complete unconsciousness to block pain, IV sedation reduces consciousness to a controllable level. Patients aren’t so much “asleep” as in a “semi-awake” state that’s safe and effective for reducing anxiety.
While there are a variety of IV medications, the most popular for dental offices are the benzodiazepines, most often Midazolam (Versed). Benzodiazepines act quickly and wear off faster than similar drugs, and have a good amnesic effect (you won’t recall details while under its influence). While relatively safe, they shouldn’t be used with individuals with poor liver function because of their adverse interaction with liver enzymes.
Other drugs or substances are often used in conjunction with IV sedation. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) may be introduced initially to help with anxiety over the IV needle stick. Sometimes pain-reducing drugs like Fentanyl may be added to the IV solution to boost the sedative effect and to reduce the amount of the main drug.
If we recommend IV sedation for your dental treatment, there are some things you should do to help the procedure go smoothly and safely. Because the after effects of sedation may impair your driving ability, be sure you have someone with you to take you home. Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your appointment, and consult with both your physician and dentist about taking any prescription medication beforehand. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and don’t wear contact lenses, oral appliances like dentures or retainers, watches or other jewelry.
Our top priority is safety — we follow strict standards and protocols regarding IV sedation and you’ll be carefully monitored before, during and after your procedure. Performed with the utmost care, IV sedation could make your next dental procedure pleasant and uneventful, and impact your oral health for the better.