Thursday, September 29, 2016

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

If you are dental phobic, anxious because you have a long complex procedure ahead of you or are having oral surgery, it may just be right for you! What if you could have your dental procedures done while "consciously asleep" and wake up with no memory or trauma whatsoever? It sounds too good to be true but it is becoming a safe and efficient way for a dentist to treat severely anxious or phobic patients. It allows you to relax in the chair while allowing the dentist to complete long or complex procedures without further distressing you, the patient. Now, please don't confuse this with general anesthesia, because it isn't! You will still be able to respond to questions and follow instructions. You will typically still be given local anesthesia such as lidocaine, but won't remember the shot. While you are not actually physically asleep through the procedure, you may think that you were because of the mind-erasing effect. The process is rather simple. A small pill called triazolam is given approximately an hour before the procedure. More medication may be given depending on the patients response to the first pill. Everyone is different. It is advised to ask someone to drive to and from the appointment!
Now, please keep in mind that not every doctor is able to use this form of sedation. It does require special training in how to correctly administer the drug, as well as Cardiac Life Support training to help ensure the safety of the patient in an emergency. It is becoming a more popular way to treat anxious and fearful patients, but as always, do your homework first. Check the doctors credentials and make sure he/she has had the proper training, or has a qualified, licensed anesthetist on staff.

Now this is something to smile about! So, Keep Smiling!

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