Now that we’ve begun another year, it’s time to take some time to reflect on yourselves and what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. For some of us, going to the dentist is a frightening experience in their head to the point of dodging checkups. It’s so common, dental anxiety is an official phobia that strikes some patients. Unfortunately, because our mouth plays such a strong hand in our overall health, dodging the dental chair isn’t a smart idea. Thankfully, the dental industry has acknowledged these fears and have focused on patient care to help you get through these checkups which will result in a healthy smile, regardless of your dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry, also referred to as “sleep dentistry”, uses medication to help ease and relax patients before or during their dental procedure. There are many methods that can be used in sedation dentistry, and the method used depends on the patient’s needs. Here are the four most common methods of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a mask over your nose. This nitrous oxide helps calm the patient’s nerves.
Oral sedation. The night before a procedure, the patient will take an oral medication to ensure that you’re calm and relaxed during the procedure. The recovery time for this method is a bit longer, so a ride home will be necessary.
IV sedation. This method is considered to be moderate to deep sedation. This type of dental sedation is administered into the bloodstream, which results in immediate relaxation.
General anesthesia. The strongest method of sedation is general anesthesia. During this type of sedation, the patient cannot be easily awakened until the effects fully wear off.
If you’re interested in learning more about sleep dentistry, contact Dr. Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.