You’re Feeling Very Sleeeeeeeeeepy — Sedation Dentistry
Most everyone in Nashua is pretty laid back. We leave the uptightedness to the wannabes down in Boston! Still, even the most laid back person can have a full panic attack when confronted with a simple appointment for a cleaning at Kalil & Kress.
What’s up with that? Maybe they watched Marathon Man one too many times in their youth (“Is it safe?!”), but whatever the causes behind the trepidation, fear of the dentist can make patients skip routine cleanings and exams, along with more serious dental care issues. That’s a problem because most dental problems if caught early can be totally managed. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry for our patients at Kalil & Kress.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to keep patients relaxed during dental procedures. This is different than full general anesthesia because in sedation dentistry the patient is usually awake and is able to respond to requests from the dentist. The sedation simply allows the patient to relax and overcome his or her anxiety.
What are the levels of sedation?
There are four levels of sedation. We generally only keep patients in either minimal or moderate sedation.
- Minimal sedation — Under minimal sedation, you are awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation — This used to be called “conscious sedation.” You may slur your words when talking and not remember most of what occurred during the procedure.
- Deep sedation — In deep sedation, you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
- General anesthesia — You’re completely unconscious.
What types of sedation are used?
- Oral sedation can be minimal to moderate. The patient takes a pill (usually Valium or Xanan) usually about 30 minutes before the procedure. The pill makes the patient drowsy. Oral sedation is the most common form of sedation used in dentistry.
- Everyone knows about laughing gas, formally known as nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and the patient breathes it through a mask placed over the nose. The gas wears off quickly and the patient usually can drive home following the procedure.
Your comfort is our priority at Kalil & Kress. Get anxious about Tom Brady’s return with the Patriots, not about visiting the dentist. If you have serious dental anxiety, be sure to inform us and we’ll make sure you receive some sedation during your next visit. Call us at 603-880-7004 to make your next appointment.