Dental phobia is very real, and it prevents many people from getting the consistent dental care they need. There’s an alternative to doing without the dental treatment you need. If you can’t stand the thought of getting in the dentist’s chair, sedation dentistry at Unique Dental Care in Mesa can help you relax and get the help you need.
When sedation dentistry is used, patients typically remain awake but stay calm and cool. These are the levels we offer:
- Minimal sedation. You’re fully relaxed, awake and responsive.
- Moderate Sedation. Sedation is powerful enough that you won’t remember a lot of the procedure. Moderate sedation is also called conscious sedation.
- Deep sedation. Drifting in and out of wakefulness, you can be woken up.
- General anesthesia. Exactly like general anesthesia in major surgery, you stay unconscious until the anesthesia wears off.
Methods of Sedation
At Unique Dental Care in Mesa, we offer a few different ways to relax during dental procedures, including:
- Oral sedation. This involves taking a pill, usually a medication from the benzodiazepine family, like Valium or Halcion. When taken an hour before the procedure, an oral sedative produces drowsiness but not sleep.
- Inhaled minimal sedation. This is “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide) you may remember from visits to the dentist as a kid. However, anyone can benefit from the relaxing and calming properties of nitrous oxide. A mask is placed on your face, through which nitrous oxide and oxygen are pumped. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly.
- IV moderate sedation. A needle is placed into a vein, usually in the arm, and delivers sedatives right into the bloodstream. This kind of sedation goes to work fast and can be fine-tuned as the procedure progresses. You will need a driver to take you home after this procedure.
- General anesthesia. General anesthesia tends to produce total unconsciousness for the duration of the procedure. It can be slow to wear off, and you’ll need someone to drive you home afterward.
Your dentist at Unique Dental Care in Mesa will also inject a local anesthetic into the area where you’re having the procedure, such as the gums or an affected tooth. This prevents nerves in the area from becoming aggravated.