Sedation Dentistry in Colorado Springs
Does the idea of going to the dentist send you into a panic mode? If it does, then you are not alone. An estimated 9% to 20% of all Americans have some form of dental fear or dental phobia. For some, the fear is so great that they see the dentist rarely, if at all. Your teeth and gums matter, and now there is a way to get the professional dental care you need — sedation dentistry.
Stetson Hills Dental Offers Sedation Dentistry
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a way for you to relax while you have your dental work completed. There are different kinds of sedation dentistry. Likewise, each dentist skilled in it may not have the ability to perform all levels of sedation. It’s best to check with your dentist to determine if and what they offer for sedation dentistry. Not every dentist can perform sedation dentistry. Yet, Stetson Hills Dental can offer this service.
What are the different kinds of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is often coined as ‘sleep’ dentistry, but that is not entirely correct. There are four different levels of sedation. Each depends on the type of treatment you need and the level of your dental anxiety:
- Inhaled Sedation (nitrous oxide),
- Oral Sedation,
- IV Sedation (conscious),
- Deep Sedation (general).
IV sedation works faster that oral or inhaled sedation. This is because it is a sedative drug administered through an IV or intravenous line. This level of sedation allows Dr. Moore to adjust the medication level as needed.
With nitrous oxide sedation, you may fall asleep. Oral sedation usually allows the patient to be conscious during the procedure, but relaxed enough tolerate all that the dentist needs to do. The effects of the nitrous oxide wear off very quickly. It can take a couple hours for the effects of IV sedation to completely wear off.
With deep sedation dentistry, the dentist will use a general anesthetic. This level of sedation will leave you completely unconscious during your procedure or treatment. Thus, the effects of deep sedation will take more time to wear off afterwards.
How safe is sedation dentistry?
There is always some level of risk when it comes to sedation. Yet, it is safe when performed by an experienced and skilled dentist. If any of the following applies to you, talk to your doctor before considering sedation:
- Those who are obese;
- Those with obstructive sleep apnea;
- Those who have had previous complications with anesthesia.
Who is sedation dentistry best for?
Sedation dentistry is an excellent choice for many patients who suffer from dental anxiety. Nitrous oxide can be used for children for minor procedures. If more extensive treatment is needed or if your child has developmental challenges, IV sedation or general anesthesia might be recommended.
Yet, fear of the dentist is not the only reason to use sedation dentistry. There are other reasons, such as:
- Sensitive gag reflex;
- Difficulty sitting still;
- Low threshold for pain;
- Sensitive teeth; and,
- If you are having a lot of dental work done.
Will insurance cover sedation dentistry?
Most dental insurance plans will cover sedation dentistry. But, it’s always confirm what your insurance plan will and will not cover before your treatment. This eliminates any confusion when it comes time to pay the bill.
Where can I get sedation dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO?
Sedation dentistry requires extra skill and training beyond standard dentistry. Dr. Moore at Stetson Hills Dental has the skills needed to help you with sedation dentistry today. If you would benefit from sedation dentistry, give us a call at (719) 694-0400 to schedule your exam.
Don’t let fear keep you from getting the smile that you deserve.