Sedation dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with making patients feel relaxed and comfortable in the dentist’s office. It’s especially ideal for people with dental anxiety but is also useful for people with sensitive gag reflexes. At Moonlight Beach Dental we use various sedation techniques to keep patients relaxed during dental procedures. The technique used depends on the dental treatment and the patient's overall health.
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Sedation at Moonlight Beach Dental is only administered after Dr. Vane’s comprehensive diagnosis and a conclusive treatment plan. She’ll first check your dental and medical history and ask questions concerning the same.
She’ll also ask you to air out any concerns and ask any questions you may have about the procedure. After the evaluation, she’ll create a treatment plan that outlines the sedation method. This includes the type of sedation, the dosage, and other details.
Dr. Vane will administer the sedation indicated in the treatment plan. This may include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Vane uses several factors to determine the most suitable technique for you. However, patients with lengthy and complicated procedures usually require IV sedation.
Dr. Vane will closely monitor your vitals and body reaction during sedation and treatment. She'll check your oxygen levels, heart rate, and blood pressure to ensure your safety. Please note, you’ll most likely be conscious throughout the procedure but may experience time distortion.
Dental sedation takes different duration to wear off. For example, Nitrous oxide wears off in about five minutes, while oral sedation does so in two to eight hours. Intravenous sedation could take up to 48 hours to wear off completely. We advise against driving or operating machinery before the sedation wears off completely.
Sedation dentistry reduces anxiety and dental phobia, allowing for smooth treatment. As such, patients under sedation are more relaxed and are less likely to disrupt the procedure.
By allowing dental-phobic patients to get treatment, sedation dentistry can improve patients overall dental health and reduce the likelihood of subsequent visits.
Patients with complex procedures can undergo them in a single sitting. That’s because sedation dentistry allows patients to sit through lengthy procedures without getting overwhelmed.
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Anyone with reasonably good health and a clean medical record qualifies for sedation dentistry. However, it’s especially useful for patients with chronic dental anxiety and phobia. Sedation helps them keep calm throughout the treatment. It’s also beneficial for people with sensitive gag reflexes or conditions that won’t allow them to sit still.
It’s normal for patients to feel a little drowsy and groggy after dental sedation. You might also feel nauseous, have blurred vision, and extreme fatigue. These are quite normal and will disappear as the sedation wears off.
Call us at (760) 632-0320 to schedule a consultation and see how Dr. Vane can help.