Content Smiles: Sedation Dentistry

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If you ever worried about visiting your dentist because you need a complex treatment but have anxiety or concerns about any pain that you may feel, you do not have to worry. Sedation dentistry is an entire field dedicated to making sure that all procedures can be given with minimal amount of anxiety. Through sedation dentistry, you can receive relaxants or sedatives that can even put you to sleep. Through the use of sedation dentistry, complex procedures that need you to be entirely asleep during the procedure from which you will not wake up can be given.

For the deepest levels of sedation, consider the use of general anesthesia. General anesthesia, commonly referred to as deep sedation, is a level of sedation in which a person is placed into a state of unconsciousness from which they will remain asleep until the sedative has completely worn off. This can be highly effective for extreme and complex oral health care procedures that take several hours to perform.

In many cases, minor treatments only require minor forms of sedation. Even something as simple as gas sedation can help calm and relax a patient so that treatments can be given safely and effectively. Furthermore, pill sedation and intravenous sedatives are effective for individuals because they can either put individuals into a calm and relaxed state or even put them to sleep as necessary. However, whereas pill sedation often takes up to an hour before it kicks in, intravenous sedation will take place almost immediately.

Are there any remaining questions you have about sedation dentistry? To improve your oral health care treatments with sedation dentistry, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Yakima, Washington. Dr. Pete Nathe and our team at Yakima Smiles thank you for stopping by!  To contact us, please call our dental office at (509) 965-7909.