Mint Dental Alaska is one of the few practices in Anchorage that has a qualified Sedation dentist who can provide this special treatment.
Why choose sedation dentistry?
Typically, sedation dentistry isn’t a crucial part of any dental procedure. While most sophisticated procedures will definitely require local anesthesia, dentists typically only recommend sedation for the most complex and time-consuming treatments. However, that doesn’t mean that those treatments are the only time you could get sedation dentistry. If you have experienced anxiety during dental procedures in the past, next time, request sedation to make the process easier.
What is sedation dentistry
In general, there are three levels of sedation that a dentist could bring you to during a visit:
- Oral sedation which usually involves taking a pill that relaxes your body and mind;
- Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas”. Some people actually fall asleep with it;
- Conscious sedation, during which you drift on the edge of consciousness but can be woken up if needed.
Patients who experience fear of pain, needles, and the dentist should have sedation dentistry. People who have a strong gag reflex, high dental sensitivity, and pain concerns could also qualify. Patients who get nauseous from clinic smells, long dental procedures, and uneasy when sitting still for hours should also get sedation therapy. Your dentist at Mint Dental will determine which of the available types will help the patient most.
Inhalation The inhalation of some gases like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can induce the effects of minimal sedation.
Oral These are pills that can be taken before the procedure. While it might be easier to orally ingest the sedative, it’s not always best for your body. Dosages may differ to person to person, and it takes much more calculation to figure out the right dosage, leaving room for error. Plus there is the chance that the effects will wear off before the end of the procedure, and you won’t be able to take another pill if that happens.
Intravenous You can also receive the drug through an IV, a process that allows for the dentist to adjust the dosage during the procedure. Mint Dental has one of the few dentists in the state qualified to perform IV sedation.
Sedation calms and relaxes the patient. It calms patients who have difficulty dealing with the dental procedure. The patient also receives an anesthetic to block the pain. Combining these two substances gives the patient a pain-free and relaxing dental procedure.
The patient may experience nausea and headache. There may also be dry mouth during or even after the dental treatment. Grogginess is a common side effect as well. The patient may also have short-term memory loss.
your Mint Dental will check the patient’s medical history and determine which form of sedation will suit the patient.