Sedation Dentistry in Wilmington
Sedation dentistry, also known as conscious or relaxation dentistry, is a style of dentistry that alleviates feelings of anxiety that many patients experience during dental procedures. While mostly used during restorative or reparative dental procedures, it is also used by patients to help them relax while undergoing regular dental cleanings. At New Concepts Dental, we understand that many of our patients have an aversion to and fear of dental procedures. Practicing sedation dentistry helps us give you a better experience.
The dental community defines conscious sedation as a minimally depressed state of consciousness where the sedated patient is still able to maintain an airway, respond to verbal commands and respond to appropriate physical stimulation.
At New Concepts Dental, we use pharmacological and non-pharmacologic methods to help our patients achieve a comfortable level of sedation. In some cases, we may even use a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacologic methods.
Conscious sedation is different that general anesthesia, which is when the patient is asleep and unable to respond to commands. We prefer conscious sedation because it allows patients to be alert and able to maintain their airway without assistance. Our patients prefer this method because it lets them feel in control of the situation.
At New Concept Dental, we practice two forms of sedation dentistry: oral conscious sedation and inhalation sedation. With oral and inhalation sedation, the patient can still speak and reply to requests, but they are in an enhanced state of relaxation.
Enteral conscious sedation is an orally administered sedation method. You are prescribed medication and will fall asleep during the procedure. While you are asleep, your body functions remain normal. It’s important that our patients understand that enteral conscious sedation may result in minor amnesia regarding their memory of the procedure. This side effect is not uncommon, and we don’t want you to be alarmed if it happens to you. You are in good hands with us, and we’ll answer any questions you have.
Many of our patients refer to this type of sedation as “laughing gas.” It is the most widely used form of sedation in dentistry. As with enteral conscious sedation, bodily functions are not altered or affected in any way, and a small degree of memory loss regarding the procedure is a common side effect.
For years, sedation dentistry has been the ideal way for dentists to ease the fears and pain of procedures for their patients with minimal side effects. However, there are some patients that may not be ideal candidates for sedation dentistry. If you take certain medications or have certain medical conditions, you may not be eligible for sedation. Before we administer sedation drugs, we will go over your complete medical history to make sure that you are an ideal candidate to ensure your health and well-being.No two people respond to anesthesia in the same manner, which is why dentists Fay, Matthews, and Bayley work individually with you to find the precise method that works best for you.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, and to determine if you are a candidate, call our Wilmington, DE, offices to schedule a consultation.