Did you know that 9-15% of Americans say they avoid going to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams due to anxiety or fear? While it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous about visiting the dentist, declining to participate in preventive measures can put your oral health — and therefore your general health — at risk. At Glen Dental Center in Glenview, Illinois, Jeffrey Gilmor, DDS, Verena Phillips, DDS, and their team offer sedation dentistry to patients of all ages. If you’ve been putting off treatment, call the office to request an appointment today.
Sedation dentistry is a type of oral health care that uses safe, FDA-approved medications to help men, women, and children relax during preventive dental care and more complex treatments like tooth extractions, periodontal treatment, and root canals.
The terms sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry are often used interchangeably, but unless you’re under a general anesthetic, you won’t lose consciousness.
Anyone who is afraid or anxious about visiting the dentist can benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry also helps people who:
Sedation dentistry also benefits children who can’t sit still or have trouble keeping their mouths open for long periods.
At Glen Dental Center, the team offers an array of sedation dentistry techniques, including:
Inhaled minimal sedation is safe for patients of all ages. During this type of sedation dentistry, you inhale nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. Nitrous oxide prevents anxiety and helps you feel comfortable and at ease.
Inhaled minimal sedation doesn’t knock you out, which enables you to answer your dentist’s questions. And the effects wear off quickly. Inhaled minimal sedation is the only type of sedation dentistry where you can drive home after treatment.
Oral sedation is capable of providing minimal or mild relaxation, depending on the dose given. Oral sedation typically involves taking a prescription medication like Halcyon®.
Halcyon is similar to Valium® and causes drowsiness. Halcyon might also cause you to fall asleep. However, your dentist can still ask you questions if necessary and you can respond to instructions.
During IV sedation, your dentist administers a sedative medication directly into your bloodstream via a needle. IV sedation is a popular sedation option because it allows for more control and accuracy. You’ll feel groggy after this type of treatment, so it’s important to have a friend or family member available to drive you home.
Under general anesthesia, you lose all consciousness. The team at Glen Dental Center only recommends general anesthesia for extensive dental procedures like full-mouth reconstructions or smile makeovers.
To see if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry, make an appointment with the team at Glen Dental Center. Call the office today.