If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re not alone. In fact, around 20 percent of Americans experience enough dentist-induced anxiety that they avoid going to the dentist until it’s absolutely needed, such as when they have a severe toothache or another dental emergency. Believe it or not, between five and eight percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist entirely out of fear.

Let’s face it — most people are not excited about going to the dentist, especially those with serious fear or anxiety. Thankfully, sedation dentistry is an effective solution. Patients can choose their level of sedation, like oral medication, gas inhalation, or IV injection. Whichever option you choose, sedation dentistry is a great way to push through anxiety and keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dental Care

While we will definitely use our blog to cover sedation dentistry in the future, in this post, we are going to start by focusing on some of the most frequently asked questions about this procedure that makes every visit to the dentist’s office a stress-free and relaxing experience.

“Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?”

Under the care of a trained professional, sedation dental care is both safe and effective. At Advanced Dental Care, our dentists have the knowledge and experience with the most innovative sedation techniques and we prioritize patient care before everything else.

“What Are The Different Levels of Sedation?

There are three different levels of sedation dentistry:

  • Mild Sedation.  Mild sedation is a drug-induced relaxed state during which patients respond normally to verbal commands. While cognitive functions and coordination may be impaired, breathing and heart functions are unaffected by the sedation
  • Moderate Sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands. With moderate sedation, no intervention is required to maintain an open airway, spontaneous breathing is adequate, and heart function is usually maintained.
  • Deep Sedation. Deep sedation techniques often make patients transition between conscious and unconscious states over the duration of the treatment. Patients typically have no recollection of the event and are unable to respond to even simple commands during dental care procedures. It is required that patients undergoing deep sedation are assisted by a family member or friend as the effects of sedation will generally last for several hours. This is the type of sedation procedure requires an in-office IV sedation.

“Are There Sedation Dentistry Side Effects?”

The most common side effects of oral conscious sedation or IV sedation are the groggy and sleepy feeling that patients experience once the procedure is complete. This is why it is very important that you arrange for someone to bring you to and from the dentist office.

Other side effects of sedation may include temporary dizziness, headaches, or lightheadedness; however, it is very rare that these symptoms are serious and likely won’t last long, if at all. Many patients experience an amnesic effect after oral conscious sedation and do not remember the procedure taking place. For a lot of people, that’s actually a positive side effect!

“What Does Sedation Dental Care Feel Like?”

Most sedation dentistry patients claim to experience a sense of happiness and relaxation. Some state they experience a warm, slightly euphoric feeling, and many tend to not even remember having their dental treatment because they are so relaxed. Plus, it is pretty common to fall asleep while under sedation.

If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions about our Leesburg sedation dentistry services, contact Advanced Dental Care today!