Dental anxiety is a very real issue for many people. The prospect of climbing into a dentist chair and having their teeth messed with is enough to get many squirming in discomfort. That is why University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in San Diego offers sedation dentistry for those who dread visits to the dentist. Depending on how uncomfortable an individual is at the dentist, we can use sedation dentistry for a variety of dental procedures to keep them at ease.
Sedation dentistry is a term used to refer to the practice of using medication to help a patient relax during dental procedures. There are four different levels of sedation, and which level of sedation used will be determined by a professional based on the procedure and the anxiety level of the patient. These are the four primary levels of sedation used in dental procedures:
Minimal sedation is the lowest level of sedation a dentist will use. Minimal sedation is when the patient is awake but in a very relaxed state.
Moderate sedation, also called “conscious sedation”, is a level of sedation in which the patient will be fairly out of it and may not have memory of the procedure, but they will be conscious the whole time. The patient may slur their words and have minimal memory, but are in fact awake.
Deep sedation is the most powerful form of sedation in which the patient is still technically conscious. During deep sedation, they are teetering on the edge of consciousness, but if needed can still be woken up by the dentist.
During general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious and “put under”.
A dentist will use their best judgement when it comes to sedation dentistry, taking into account a variety of factors, including the level of dental anxiety and fear in the patient. Some other factors that may also influence the dentist’s decision includes:
If you have fears and anxiety about going to the dentist, we won’t take it personally. The team at University Dental in San Diego is experienced in dealing with patients with dental anxiety, and we will do everything possible to make you comfortable. If necessary, we can sedate you to make you calm for your dental procedure. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a visit to our dental office, contact University Dental today. Give us a call at (619) 473-2565.