Can You Still Be Put to Sleep at the Dentist ?

Some people may believe the myth that it is no longer possible to be asleep at the dentist's office but this is not true.  Sedation dentistry is more popular than ever. Dental professionals can sedate patients with a drug prior to or during the dental procedure to eliminate or at least significantly minimize discomfort.  This is the optimal approach to potentially painful dental treatments for those who fear the dentist's office.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

General anesthesia causes the patient to be fully unconscious.  Also known as intravenous sedatives or IV, general anesthesia puts the patient into a sleep state.  Some IV drugs can put the patient in what is known as a twilight sleep. This type of sedation makes the patient less aware of the situation, quite sleepy and unable to remember what happened.

Other forms of sedation dentistry will induce relaxation yet they will not fully knock you out like general anesthesia.  Nitrous oxide is a gas that allows the patient to relax during the procedure. This gas wears off fairly quickly so the dentist might even let you drive home on your own following the session.   

The third most common type of sedation dentistry is oral sedatives like diazepam.  These sedatives help patients settle down during the dental procedure. It is taken an hour prior to the appointment.  Oral sedatives keep the patient awake yet not anxious. They make the patient somewhat sleepy until eventually wearing off following the completion of the procedure or treatment.

The Benefits of Sleep Dentistry

Countless patients who are anxious or fearful of the dentist's office find sleep dentistry quite helpful.  Let the dentist put you to sleep or at least numb your pain and you will feel calm, relaxed, comfortable and willing to participate in the treatment or procedure.  This way, the dentist will be able to focus on the task-at-hand rather than having to worry about potential restlessness throughout the procedure.

Furthermore, sleep dentistry controls the gag reflex to boot.  Opt for general anesthesia and you will be unresponsive so there is no potential for pain or memory of this somewhat uncomfortable procedure.

Is General Anesthesia the Best Approach to Sedation Dentistry?

For the most part, the average patient tends to assume general anesthesia is the optimal approach to a potentially painful dental procedure.  Yet there are some side effects of note, especially in comparison to other methods. The potential for such side effects causes many patients to consider a less powerful sedative.  

Your Dentist Will Help You Determine if Sleep Dentistry is Ideal for You

Be sure to discuss sleep dentistry with your dentist in-depth before making a decision.  Even if you think general anesthesia is best for your upcoming procedure, you might reverse course after discussing it with your dentist.  If you have experienced any allergic reactions in the past, particularly in response to anesthesia, mention them to your dentist.

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A New Smile can tell you all about potential complications posed by such reactions as well as the basics of general anesthesia, local anesthetics and other options.  Your dentist's overarching aim is to keep you comfortable throughout the duration of your dental surgery.

Request a dental appointment here: https://www.anewsmiledental.com or call A New Smile at (818) 483-9063 for an appointment in our Pacoima dental office.

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