Unfortunately, we understand that some people experience fear or anxiety when they think about a trip to the dentist. In some cases, these phobias can even prevent a person from receiving the dental care they need to maintain proper oral health. At Aspire Dental Spa, we offer sedation dentistry to create a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for our patients.
You, too, may qualify for sedation dentistry, especially if your anxiety dictates the frequency of your visits. During your next appointment, ask us about your sedation options. Dr. Lisa Browning and the rest of our team have received extensive training for the safe and effective use of several types of sedation.
Levels Of Sedation
There are four major levels of sedation:
- Minimal Sedation: Awake but in a more relaxed state
- Moderate Sedation: Affects your motor skills and memory of the procedure
- Deep Sedation: A “twilight” state on the edge of consciousness
- General Anesthesia: Completely unconscious
The level of sedation you receive depends on the medication we use, and the severity of your anxiety. Patients with significant anxiety may need to be placed in a deeper level of sedation. Regardless of the sedation you receive, most medications are used in conjunction with a local anesthetic. A local anesthetic numbs your mouth to reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort.
Oral, or enteral sedation is also extremely common in dentistry. This type of sedation typically comes in the form of a pill or liquid. Medications like Halcion or Valium may be the best way to achieve minimal to moderate levels of relaxation. The medication typically makes you drowsy or groggy, but still alert enough to answer questions and understand your surroundings.
IV Sedation And General Anesthesia
IV (intravenous) sedation and general anesthesia are administered through the vein directly to the bloodstream. This allows medications to take effect more quickly. Because the administration of these types of sedation is a little more serious, we typically reserve them for complex or lengthy procedures like oral surgery.
The IV sedation will place you on the edge of consciousness, with little or no recollection of the procedure. General anesthesia places you completely under and usually requires the supervision of an anesthesiologist. Both of these forms require you to arrange a ride with a friend or family member following your appointment.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, call (216) 342-4388, and schedule your appointment today!