For some people, a trip to the dentist is business as usual. For others, however, dental visits elicit extreme levels of fear and anxiety. This could be due to childhood trauma, pain as an adult, or just a general dental phobia. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, our desire is to make you as relaxed as possible during your periodontal procedure.
Anthem Periodontics offers all modalities of anesthesia from local anesthesia, to general anesthesia. We are ceritifed by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners to provide anesthesia ranging from mild relaxation to complete sedation. Should it be necessary during your dental visit, Amanda, a caring and certified anesthesiologist, is fully licensed to perform both full and partial sedation for both general and cosmetic procedures.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of various forms of sedatives, which can be administered via gases, oral medications, or intravenously (IV). The purpose and function of the sedative is to relax the patient prior to, during and immediately after a dental procedure. In some instances, full sedation is required in which the patient actually goes to sleep throughout the duration of the procedure.
Benefits of Sedation Dental Techniques
In a sedated state, you will have little to no memory of the dental procedure performed by our doctors. Experiencing dental procedures while sedated can help to alleviate your fears and anxieties in order to receive the dental care you need to maintain your oral health.
Patients with mild to severe dental anxiety as well as those who have trouble controlling their movements or experiencing a dental procedure can benefit from our dental sedation techniques. Sedation is extremely useful during long dental procedures when patients must spend an extended amount of time in the dental chair.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Oral sedation, which is also referred to as twilight sleep, allows you to remain fully conscious yet totally impervious to any pain. The anesthesia medication is administered at Anthem Periodontics, and you are monitored the entire time to ensure the safest level of care. Oral sedation is ideal for short procedures.
IV sedation means that you are put completely under in a sleep-like state. You will basically feel like you have taken a nap throughout your dental procedure. Again, patients are constantly monitored the whole time. Though this form of sedation is more expensive, we can guarantee that sedation will last throughout the duration of the procedure.
With both forms of sedation, it is necessary to have a friend or family member accompany you in order to drive you home once the procedure has been completed.
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants your health, safety and comfort are our top priorities. During your initial consultation, we will discuss any fears or anxieties you have regarding your upcoming procedure to determine whether or not sedation is right for you.