Smile Therapy: Sedation Dentistry

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Are you familiar with the branch of dentistry designed to help treat dental anxiety and minimize pain during oral health care procedures? When you visit your dentist, you may be in need of an intensive therapy that requires some sort of anesthetic or sedation. With sedation dentistry, numerous procedures exist to give you a wide range of dosage levels in a wide range of forms. Here are some options:

Inhaled Minimal Sedation: Inhaled minimal sedation consists of receiving gas sedation through a mask that is placed over your nose or mouth. Typically, gas sedation consists of the combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, also known as laughing gas. This is a mild sedative to relax patients and wears off quickly.

Oral Sedation: Oral sedation consists of sedation that is ingested in the form of a pill. Typically, the pill takes up the 1 hour to kick in, so it must be given before a procedure is to be administered. The levels of dosage can be adjusted to calm and relax patients or even put them to sleep.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation: Intravenous sedation is well known for being extremely fast-acting. This is because it is directly inserted into your bloodstream. Dosage levels can be adjusted.

Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia:  Deep levels of sedation are done for complex surgical procedures or other procedures that require the individual to be in a deep state of unconsciousness. Individuals will not wake up from the deep sleep until the sedation has completely worn off.

To make sure your oral health remains in stable condition, please schedule an appointment with Parkway Dental at our office in Cary, North Carolina by calling us at 919-380-9622. Dr. Stephen Coker and our team with make sure you receive the sedation dentistry treatments you require.