Going to the dentist is not considered a favorite pastime by many people. Often, people may even be scared of the procedures or sound of the drill. However, did you know there is a way to see your dentist without all the anxiety? Sedation dentistry may be the answer you need to relax in the dentist’s chair of Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses special medications to help you relax. Though it is sometimes referred to as “sleep” dentistry, you are usually not asleep at all during sedation dentistry. Your level of sedation will depend on you, your situation, and what level you and your Cordova dentist agree on.
How does sedation dentistry work?
There are four levels of sedation dentistry. These levels include:
- Minimal sedation: Minimal sedation is the lowest level of sedation dentistry. You will be aware of what is going on and completely awake, but more relaxed than normal.
- Moderate sedation: There may be some slurred words or memory loss with this level of sedation.
- Deep sedation: During deep sedation, you are still awake, but will be teetering on the edge of consciousness. If you do fall asleep, your dentist is able to wake you up.
- General anesthesia: General anesthesia will put you completely to sleep, and you are not able to be easily awakened. You will not wake up until the anesthesia wears off on its own.
Your dentist administers the medication for sedation in one of several ways. It can be inhaled, taken in pill form, or administered via an IV and intravenous fluids. The way it is administered depends on you and which level of sedation you require.
Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Those who are extremely anxious or nervous about seeing the dentist benefit from sedation dentistry. Patients with low pain thresholds, very sensitive teeth, a heightened gag reflex, or those who need a lot of dental work done at once also benefit from sedation dentistry. Consult with your dentist to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.
For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Jason Botts, DDS at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN. Call (901) 737-2200 to schedule your appointment today!