Sedation dentistry is a type of dental care that utilizes sedatives such as nitrous oxide, to help patients relax during dental treatment. Sedatives are prescribed medications that help relieve anxiety and discomfort on the dental chair. Sedation dentistry can be used in a variety of dental treatments, such as root canals, fillings, crowns, and even dental implants. It is especially useful in helping patients who are fearful or anxious about undergoing dental treatments to relax, as the sedatives can help them feel more relaxed and comfortable.
We Make Sure your Treatment is Comfortable and Pain-Free
We have great comfort amenities throughout our entire office, such as TVs in each room for your entertainment, cozy blankets, a variety of beverages, and a comfortable dentist’s chair.
Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena use gentle techniques during treatments to make sure that you remain comfortable and at ease. During your treatment, Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena will listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions. We will not proceed with any treatments if you are feeling uncomfortable or anxious. We also provide the option for conscious sedation on request to relax nervous or uncomfortable patients.
The doctors at Dr. Mohan’s and Dr. Veena’s practice employ a gentle, skilled approach when delivering injections. First, they apply a topical local anesthetic to the skin, which numbs the pain-detecting nerves. Once the anesthetic has had time to take effect, they administer the injection slowly, giving the medication time to take effect before the patient can feel anything. The doctors also use a small needle for injections, helping to reduce discomfort and increase accuracy.
Additionally, steady and consistent pressure is applied during the injection for a pain-free experience. Throughout the whole process, the doctors keep an eye on the patient’s response to the injection, ensuring they are comfortable and not in pain. By utilizing these techniques, the doctors strive to make the injection experience as comfortable and painless as possible.
Conscious sedation is a great way to help a nervous patient remain calm during dental treatment, particularly when the treatment requires a longer time than usual. Laughing gas can be administered to help the patient stay conscious throughout the procedure, but in a more laid-back state with less anxiety. Drs. Mohan and Veena can give verbal commands to ensure the patient is comfortable and relaxed, free from any discomfort. This method is especially useful for those who are scared of dentists and dental work.
Furthermore, conscious sedation can be beneficial for those with a strong gag reflex. The relaxed state induced by the sedation can help suppress the reflex, allowing the dentist to carry out the necessary treatments without the patient feeling uneasy. Additionally, conscious sedation can reduce the amount of time the procedure takes, as the patient is more at ease and not feeling anxious. This is a win-win situation for both patient and dentist, as the patient can get the treatment done efficiently without feeling overwhelmed.
Types of Sedation
There are different levels of sedation offered in sedation dentistry, ranging from mild sedation to deep sedation. The different types of sedation include:
Nitrous oxide sedation:
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. It produces a calming and relaxing effect and wears off quickly after the procedure is complete.
Oral sedation involves taking a pill, usually a benzodiazepine, prior to the dental procedure. The medication produces a sedative effect that can range from mild to moderate, depending on the dose. Patients remain conscious but relaxed during the procedure.
IV sedation involves the administration of sedative medication through an intravenous line. This type of sedation produces a moderate to a deep level of sedation, depending on the dose.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation and involves complete unconsciousness. It is typically reserved for more complex procedures or for patients with severe dental anxiety.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Reduced anxiety and fear:
Dental anxiety and fear are common issues that can prevent people from seeking the dental care they need. Sedation dentistry involves using medications to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures. This can help reduce the fear and anxiety associated with dental visits, making it easier for patients to receive necessary treatment.
Some dental procedures can be uncomfortable or even painful, especially those that involve drilling, extractions, or root canals. Sedation dentistry can help reduce the amount of discomfort experienced during these procedures by providing pain relief and helping patients relax.
Sedation dentistry can help speed up dental procedures by making it easier for dentists to work on patients who are relaxed and still. This can also reduce the need for additional appointments, saving time and reducing the overall cost of dental care.
Reduced gag reflex:
Many people have a strong gag reflex, which can make it difficult for dentists to access certain areas of the mouth. Sedation dentistry can help reduce this reflex, making it easier for dentists to work on hard-to-reach areas without causing discomfort or triggering the gag reflex.
Some dental procedures, such as complex restorations or full-mouth reconstructions, can take several hours to complete. Sedation dentistry can help patients remain relaxed and comfortable for longer periods of time, making it possible to complete these procedures in a single appointment.
Less after-procedure discomfort:
Some dental procedures can cause discomfort or pain after the procedure is complete. Sedation dentistry can help reduce this discomfort by providing pain relief and helping patients relax during the recovery period.
Fewer dental visits:
By allowing for longer appointments, sedation dentistry can help reduce the number of dental visits required to complete a procedure. This can be especially beneficial for patients who have busy schedules or who live far from their dental office.
We Are Here for You!
At Elite Dental, you can rest assured that you are in the safe and professional hands of Drs. Mohan and Veena. They are experienced and highly trained dentists who are dedicated to providing the best care possible for their patients. If you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, they are happy to answer them and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
At our dental offices in San Antonio, Pleasanton, and New Braunfels, TX, we understand that going to the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many people. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry as an option to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. We take every precaution to ensure your safety and minimize any potential risks or complications.
We want you to feel confident and at ease when you choose Elite Dental for your dental needs. Our team of professionals is committed to providing you with exceptional care and ensuring your comfort throughout your visit. So, if you’re considering sedation dentistry, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help you every step of the way.