Does the thought of undergoing a dental procedure bring you anxiety? You are not alone. People of all ages put off or avoid regular dental appointments and complex dental procedures every year due to fear of needles, not being in control, past dental experiences, or potential pain. Sedation dentistry provides patients an option to alleviate that anxiety at their next dental appointment.
At Wicker Park Dental Group, our Chicago dentists prioritize patient comfort by offering dental sedation and compassionate dental care. If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, we can help you overcome it!
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is used for comprehensive dental treatment for patients who experience anxiety or fear. For patients, it provides more comfort, less anxiety, and rest during longer and more extensive dental procedures. It involves a moderate level of sedation that technically keeps you awake, but you feel somewhat carefree.
There are many benefits to sedation dentistry including a significant decrease in anxiety for patients before or during the procedure. The patient has no sense of time, smell, or sound during the appointment. Most importantly, patients walk away from the appointment with no memory of undergoing the procedure, causing less anxiety for future procedures.
What are the types of sedation?
There are various forms of sedation dentistry for patients with all levels of fear and anxiety. available including nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous sedation.
- Nitrous oxide: This mild form of sedation is utilized in dentistry procedures for patients who experience mild anxiety or need a more lengthy procedure. You will feel sleepy and relaxed but will remain awake during the process. Patients can breathe on their own, and recovery time is quick.
- Oral conscious sedation: This type of moderate sedation is often used for mildly anxious patients who need more complex or prolonged procedures. Patients take a prescribed pill before arriving at the dentist’s office for their procedure. They remain awake throughout the process and feel a deep relaxation. After the appointment, we ask that patients ride home with an adult as the sedation can take several hours to wear off.
- IV sedation: This is a deep sedation administered through an IV for patients who experience extreme anxiety or who are undergoing an extensive procedure. Patients who receive deep sedation filter from unconsciousness to consciousness throughout their procedure without much knowledge of what is going on around them. It is our experience that patients often do not recall the procedures. As with moderate sedation, we ask that patients ride home with an adult because the sedation can take several hours to wear off.
Our Chicago Dentists Use Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a safe option for various dental procedures and yields many benefits for our patients. Using sedation enables a patient to experience little to no anxiety before or during dental procedures. If you want to learn more about our sedation dentistry options, contact us online or call us at (773) 276-5566 for a consultation.