It’s no secret that visiting the dentist can be one of the most anxiety-building experiences. And we’re not just talking about children either. Many adults find going to the dentist to be a bit terrifying.
At WhiteWing Dental we want every one of our patients to feel as comfortable and calm as possible when they walk in through our doors. Whether it’s for a simple dental cleaning or an extensive procedure, count on the experienced McAllen sedation dentistry experts at WhiteWing Dental to help alleviate those fears.
If you’ve been wondering how sedation dentistry can help you, please consider the following information.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, also known as “sleep dentistry”, is the use of various types of medications to help patients relax during a dental procedure. Our McAllen and La Feria dentists at WhiteWing Dental are able to provide various levels of sedation to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
Levels of sedation dentistry include:
- Level I: Patient is awake but relaxed.
- Level II: Moderate level sedation will leave the patient conscious but not fully aware.
- Level III: Also known as IV sedation, this level of sedation may have a small “amnesia” effect on patients. They will need to be carefully watched until the medication wears off.
- Deep Sedation: Patients at this level of sedation are in a state between unconscious and conscious sedation. The patient may not be able to effectively respond to all commands; also requires that the patient is carefully watched until the medication wears off.
- General Anesthesia: The patient is unconscious at this level of sedation; this level is reserved for oral surgery.
Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?
Anxiety is reason enough to consider sedation dentistry, however, there are a number of additional reasons you might find sedation dentistry necessary for you or a loved one.
1. Low Pain Threshold
It’s understandable that certain patients may have a low pain threshold, which may inhibit them from undergoing certain dental procedures. Sedation dentistry can help to alleviate any pain you may feel, which can allow you to get the care you need.
2. Strong Gag Reflex
While performing any sort of dental procedure, dentists and dental hygienists use a variety of tools to accomplish the goal. If you know this will trigger your gag reflex easily, you may want to consider sedation dentistry. Oral care should not be uncomfortable and sedation dentistry can help to reduce any gag reflex issues.
3. Alleviate Fear
We recommend you discuss sedation dentistry with your family dentist before your next appointment if you or your little one is extremely fearful of undergoing a dental procedure. It does not matter if it’s simply seeing the dentist’s tools or the sounds of the office that trigger your anxiety, sedation dentistry can help to alleviate apprehension. Your oral health is important, don’t allow fear to stop you from getting the attention you deserve.
4. Low-Level Sedation Isn’t Enough
If topical or numbing agent injections just don’t work on you, you might want to consider moderate or deep sedation. Just remember to have someone that can drive you home after the procedure as you may be drowsy and unable to operate a vehicle.
5. Special Needs Patients
At WhiteWing Dental, we understand that special needs patients require an extra touch of care. Our McAllen dentists can perform many dental procedures using sedation to help special needs patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile.
Talk with our family dentist at WhiteWing Dental if you believe sedation dentistry is right for you. Our goal at WhiteWing Dental is to provide top quality dentistry services and to make sure evey one of our patients leaves our office with a smile.