Millions of people in this country are avoiding the dentist. Some stay away because they just aren't comfortable with dentist appointment, and some are just plain afraid. Many people put off their dentistry because they're just too busy for multiple appointments. Sedation dentistry is changing everything. Now it's possible to relax in total comfort through your entire appointment, or if you want, to sleep through it. Sedation also helps us to get your work done in fewer visits - many times in just one!
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation uses safe and effective medications to relax you during your dental visit. There are a number of options to produce this effect, and a few different levels of sedation. At Fuller Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we help you to decide if you want or need sedation, and the type of sedation that is right for you.
Recent research has indicated that the number one reason adults postpone needed dental care was fear! That's right, not time, not money, but fear! Yet dental decay and periodontal disease do not take exceptions!
A mild level of sedation can be achieved using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and local anesthetic.
Some patients prefer conscious sedation, where you are sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were snoozing. When this is done with a few small pills, it is called oral conscious sedation.
Finally, IV sedation is what we will discuss below this. It is the deepest of all three, and both Dr. Fuller and Dr. Dettbarn are very comfortable working with each of these.