What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, a dental treatment strategy, utilizes various medications to relax patients during cleanings or other dental procedures. Dr. Atcha offers a variety of treatment options to meet the needs of each patient, while evaluating your overall health to make sure you’re suitable for sedation during your dental procedure. Special considerations may be needed if you’ve been diagnosed with certain health conditions, so it’s important to review your medical history and medications with Dr. Atcha. He talks through each option to ensure you both decide on what you’re most comfortable with.
Sedation dentistry proves beneficial to patients who are afraid of dental treatments for any reason. Some of the most common reasons for dental anxiety include a fear of needles, fear of sounds and smells in the dental office, or a history of bad experiences with dental treatment.
What medications are available?
New Teeth Chicago Dental offers several different medications that relax a patient during dental treatment. Patients may take oral sedation medications before a dental appointment to relax and control anxiety. Dr. Atcha may also administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during dental treatment through a mask, making the patient better sedated. Some other options available include general anesthesia or sedatives administered through an IV.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Dr. Atcha is certified to safely administer sedation to patients of all ages. This technique proves especially beneficial for people afraid of dental procedures. The risks associated with sedation dentistry are low, but the doctors are highly qualified to provide patients with specific instructions to ensure they don’t experience any unnecessary complications.
How do patients feel after sedation?
Many patients report not having much memory of their procedure after the sedation wears off. Depending on the medication used, the patient may feel groggy after the procedure. In most cases, the patient needs a friend or family member to drive them to and from the procedure.
You don’t have to let your dental anxiety get in the way of staying on top of your dental health. Call or schedule your dental procedure online with the comfort of sedation dentistry available to you at New Teeth Chicago Dental.