Providing Relief From Dental Anxiety
Complete your dental treatment while you sleep
Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Do You Have Dental Anxiety?
Many Anchorage, Alaska residents are nervous about visiting the dentist. There are varying levels of fear or anxiety. Some find it unbearable to set foot in a dental office, while others avoid the dentist until an emergency occurs. If you are someone with dental anxiety, know that the doctors at Health Centered Dentistry take your concern seriously. We are prepared to help you receive the care you need, comfortably.
In recent years, dental procedures and technology have advanced significantly; modern dentistry is much different than what you may have experienced as a child. However, if the sounds, smells, and thought of needles are too overwhelming, we understand. That is why we offer two types of sedation for our patients.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is where your dentist provides medication in order to lesson anxiety or fear during dental procedures.
The levels of sedation include:
Minimal sedation – you are awake but relaxed.
Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) – you may not remember much of the procedure.
Deep sedation – you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
General anesthesia – you are completely unconscious.
What are my options for sedation dentistry at Health Centered Dentistry?
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is administered in connection with oxygen through a mask worn throughout treatment. It can be used on children in safe amounts and can be used as an anesthetic. It reaches the brain quickly to induce a state of relaxation, and leaves the body rapidly after it’s stopped. No driver is required to or from appointment. Nearly everyone can use it. Very few health conditions are prohibitive to its use.
Some of its disadvantages include potential to become nauseous when using it; will not be completely asleep and it cannot be used if patient has trouble breathing through their nose.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
At Health Centered Dentistry, we can provide you a prescription pill to take about an hour before your procedure. The medication is a mild sedative that will likely make you drowsy, but remain awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. If this is the better fit for you, the level of sedation will make you feel groggy and you may even fall asleep during the procedure. Most people have a blurred memory of the procedure and find sedation to help tremendously with their anxiety. Using this type of sedation will require a driver to and from your appointment.
IV Sedation Dentistry
For IV sedation, you receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly than the oral sedation. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation during the procedure.
General Sedation Dentistry
We work closely with Dr. Kenley Michaud of Northern Lights Dental Anesthesia for our patients that elect general anesthesia. The benefits to general anesthesia include being completely asleep during treatment and not remembering the procedure.
Specific requirements must be met for this treatment. FAQ’s about general anesthesia can be found HERE.
No matter your fear, we are here to help. It is important to maintain your oral health, and the doctors and hygienists at Health Centered Dentistry are ready to partner with you in order to ensure your mouth and body are healthy. If you are curious about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would love to discuss your options. Your comfort is our highest priority.
Give us a call today at (888) 707-0222.