A visit to a dentist in Philadelphia, or any state for that matter, can be a stressful experience, even if it’s just a minor procedure. Many are able to handle the increased stress easily, but some suffer from a phobia that makes any dental appointment a trial. Still, a dental checkup is a responsibility they can’t put off, for the sake of maintaining good teeth. Dental stress problems can, therefore, be solved by going to a sedation dentist in Philadelphia.
People have been using anesthetics and sedatives for a long time to help with painful procedures like surgeries. This has resulted in many developments that could benefit the dental phobic. Jennifer Bails wrote an article about how sedation dentistry has improved, for MSN Health and Fitness:
“But in the last 10 years, thousands of dentists have been trained to administer a new generation of oral sedatives as the latest way to coax frightened patients back into their chairs. They say these drugs offer better anxiety relief than laughing gas, lack the nasty side effects of general anesthesia and leave patients with no clear memory of painful dental work.”
Depending on the level of fear of patients, different sedation techniques may be used. Minimal sedation doesn’t put you to sleep and only relaxes you. Moderate sedation still doesn’t put you under, but you’d experience slurring when you talk. Deep sedation brings you right on the edge of consciousness. Finally, general anesthesia puts you to sleep completely.
A trained Philadelphia sedation dentist like Dr. Thomas DeFinnis of Wynnewood Dental Arts has access to several sedation procedures.
First is inhaled minimal sedation. The dentist makes you inhale a nitrous oxide-oxygen mix through a mask. He determines how much of the gas you should receive. This is important since the gas wears off quickly. After the procedure, you’ll be able to drive yourself home.
The second is oral sedation. Depending on how large the dose is, the substance can result in minimal to moderate sedation. For the lighter dose, you are often asked to take a pill an hour before the procedure. This is usually Triazolam, which is similar to Diazepam, and it will make you a bit drowsy. Larger doses can produce moderate sedation.
The third type is IV sedation. Using an IV drip, you’ll have the sedative directly pumped into a vein. This makes it work more quickly than normal and allows the dentist to constantly adjust the level of sedation depending on need. Finally, general anesthesia is applied for long and painful dental procedures. This puts you to sleep for the duration of the treatment; you won’t wake up until it wears off or medication is applied to wake you up.
(Source: Is Sedation Dentistry the Cure for Dental Anxiety?, MSN Health and Fitness)