CHARLOTTE SEDATION DENTISTRY: REDUCING DENTAL ANXIETY
Have a hard time relaxing in the dentist chair? Dr. Schwartz, your Charlotte sedation dentist can help. Many people have a fear of the dentist, and many prefer not to have much-needed treatments to avoid the dentist all-together. Sedation dentistry works by supplying the patient with medications designed to calm the individual throughout treatment. While most patients are not put to sleep, such as with general anesthesia, they are put into a relaxed state. Our sedation dentistry services at our Charlotte, NC dental office are ideal for patients who suffer from dental phobia, have severe gag reflexes, or have difficulty staying calm during dental procedures.
WHAT ARE THE LEVELS OF SEDATION?
Sedation Dentistry is available at four different levels of relaxation or sedation depending on your needs to reduce anxiety when having a dental procedure performed. The degree of sedation needed will vary from patient to patient. The fee associated with each level of sedation is different. The various fees will be explained during your consultation for treatment.
1. NITROUS OXIDE OR LAUGHING GAS
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nose piece and can be adjusted (titrated) to a greater or lesser concentration based upon your personal needs. Following the procedure, 100% oxygen is delivered through the nose piece for a minimum of five minutes. The oxygen will clear the effects of that the laughing gas will have on you. This allows you the freedom to drive to and from the dental office without any sedative effects of the nitrous oxide. The effect that most people feel is a calming, relaxed feeling; some people describe it as a slight “intoxication” feeling. However, nitrous oxide is not for everyone. Some individual will feel paranoid, or have difficulty breathing through their nose.
This is a greater reduction of anxiety by combination of an oral sedative (pill or liquid form) before the appointment with delivery of nitrous oxide. This combination of the two delivers a higher sedative effect. While sedated, your level of consciousness is such that your can still respond to verbal commands and are aware of your surroundings. You will need a driver to take you home in that the effects of the oral sedative could impair your ability to drive.
3. CONSCIOUS SEDATION
This is a more enhanced level of sedation, where a combination of oral sedatives may be delivered in combination with nitrous oxide. You are less aware of your surroundings, but still able to respond to verbal request. Quite often this level of sedation renders an amnesic effect and little is remembered of the dental procedure itself. There is careful monitoring of your heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, breathing and blood oxygenation. Patients with compromised airways, breathing problems, or sleep apnea may not be candidates for this level of sedation. The patient will require a driver to be taken to and from the office. The patient should refrain from operating machinery for up to twelve hours.
4. INTRAVENOUS SEDATION
A dental anesthesiologist partners with the office for this highest level of sedation. During IV sedation, all vital signs are carefully monitored by both the anesthesiologist and Dr. Schwartz. Your ability to respond to your environment is compromised and the entire dental procedure is amnesic to the patient. A driver is required to and from the appointment, and the patient should rest and not operate a vehicle or machinery for the remainder of the day.
With Dr. Schwartz performing sedation dentistry in Charlotte, we can help many patients with a dental phobia receive the treatment they need for better oral health. For more information about sedation dentistry or to schedule a visit, contact our Charlotte dental office today (704) 752-7602.