Many people have reservations about going to the dentist, even for something as simple as a cleaning and exam. However, skipping out on your dental exams could lead to serious oral health issues, even with diligent brushing and flossing at home. Issues like gum disease and tooth decay need professional treatment. At Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona, we understand that receiving the treatment you need can be scary. To make you comfortable and help you relax, allowing you to get the treatment you need, we can provide you with sedation.
What Is Sedation?
When you’re anxious in the dental chair, it can make it difficult for you to sit still. This can make it difficult for us to properly perform your procedure. Sedation is a technique that allows you to relax in the chair so that you can get the necessary work done. There are several levels of sedation:
|Minimal sedation. This is the lightest form of sedation. You are conscious but relaxed.
|Moderate sedation. With this type of sedation, you are still conscious, but you may drift in and out.
|Deep sedation. You are right on the edge between consciousness and unconsciousness.
|General anesthesia. You are completely unconscious.
At Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona, we offer IV conscious sedation, which can be in the form of moderate to deep sedation. IVs can also be used for general anesthesia. IV conscious sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream. The effects go to work almost immediately, but can take a while to wear off completely. Much like oral conscious sedation, you will need to have someone with you to drive you home.
Is Sedation Right for You?
Sedation allows you to remain calm and comfortable throughout your entire procedure. There are several instances in which sedation is a good option:
|You are anxious or nervous about your procedure, which makes it difficult for you to sit still.
|Your teeth are sensitive.
|You have a bad gag reflex.
|You have a low pain threshold.
|You need much dental work done, or the procedure is complex and you will be sitting in the chair for a few hours.
If you need dental work done, whether it’s an extraction, a graft or an implant, and are feeling anxious, contact Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona at (480) 504-0506 to find out how sedation can benefit you.