Many people avoid going to the dentist due to fear and anxiety associated with their dental visit.
According to some studies, up to 20% of the United States population report having a phobia going to the dentist.
As a result, many people do not seek regular care due to their dental phobia or anxiety. Unfortunately, delayed treatment will make dental disease worse! Drs. Daftary and Mahallati are very empathetic about a patient’s dental fears and anxieties and offer several alternatives to make their visit a pleasant one. Sedation dentistry can be the perfect alternative for those who avoid regular dental visits.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to keep patients relaxed dental procedures. Patients are not under general anesthesia, just sedation, which enables them to overcome much of their anxiety. There are 4 levels of sedation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide (minimal sedation)
Patients are given a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen during the procedure. This level of sedation the patient stays awake but feels relaxed.
Oral Sedation (moderate sedation)
Patients are given a pill to take prior to the procedure. Patients under moderate sedation are relaxed and experience an amnesic affect and do not completely remember the procedure.
IV Sedation or Conscious Sedation (deep sedation)
For the patient’s safety we have a dental anesthesiologist administer the sedation and monitor the patient during the procedure. The patient is in a mild “twilight” sleep, on the cusp of consciousness.
The patient is completely unconscious.
Will I be able to drive myself home after receiving Sedation during my dental procedure?
No! Patients should NOT drive for at least 24 hours after anesthesia has been administered.
Are Drs. Daftary and Mahallati certified to administer anesthesia?
Dr. Daftary and Mahallati can prescribe oral sedatives that help to relax the patient during their dental procedure. However, if the dental procedure requires sedation, Drs. Daftary and Mahallati request the assistance of a state certified Anesthesiologist.
Will I be able to eat after anesthesia?
Patients can drink fluids and rapidly progress to full meals as soon as they feel up to it. This may be within an hour after a minor procedure.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
Patients who experience dental anxiety while undergoing their dental work benefit from sedation dentistry. It can also be effective for those who have very sensitive teeth; a severe gag reflex; or a low pain threshold. Also patients who are medically compromised will benefit from sedation dentistry due to lower anxiety level as well as being constantly monitored by an anesthesiologist.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
There are risks involved with any type or level of anesthesia. However, sedation is very safe when administered by experienced dentists/anesthesiologists. It is important to note that certain patients with serious medical conditions should speak or require a visit to their medical doctor prior to getting sedation, being that they are of a greater risk for developing complications.