At Lynn Dental Care, we have experience working with a wide variety of patients and understand that a visit to the dentist is not as stress-free as it should be for everyone. We realize that some patients experience an inherent fear of dental procedures. This is why we offer sedation dentistry, to ensure that all of our patients have the positive and relaxing dental experience they deserve.
Sedation dentistry refers to the legally regulated use of medications to help patients remain calm and relaxed prior to and during a dental procedure. This can be applied in any level of dental procedure, from an invasive root canal to a simple cleaning. Patients who choose this route in their dental treatment typically suffer from anxiety when visiting the dentist, struggle to sit still for long periods of time, or do not respond well to anesthetics. Choosing sedation dentistry lets patients relax during the procedure with no sense of time, smell, or sound. This allows patients who choose sedation therapy to experience dentistry in the same simple and comfortable way as the rest of our patients.
There are four levels of sedation that can be administered in sedation dentistry: mild sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. A minimal sedative state implies that a patient is awake but relaxed and often very sleepy. Moderate sedation, or conscious sedation, leads to a deeper state of relaxation while the patient remains awake and may have a blurry memory of the procedure. A deep sedative state refers to a state on the edge of consciousness where no memory is retained. With general anesthesia, the patient will be completely unconscious for the procedure. With four different sedative states for you to choose from, we can ensure that you receive the appropriate sedation treatment for your procedure and individual level of anxiety.
There are several different ways in which sedation can be administered. Inhaled sedation is the most mild and occurs when patients breathe in nitrous oxide combined with oxygen in order to relax. Oral sedation involves the consumption of a prescription pill about an hour before the appointment, so that the patient arrives entirely relaxed. Intravenous (IV) sedation sends the sedative drug straight through a vein, allowing the effects to occur more quickly and the level of sedation to be monitored and adjusted throughout the procedure. Intramuscular (IM) sedation works in a similar fashion, allowing sedatives to be injected into a muscle and go to work quickly.
At Lynn Dental Care, we use sedation dentistry to extend our quality dental care to as many people as possible. We believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Brock Lynn has the dental experience and compassionate care to provide you with a pleasant and efficient dental care experience. With sedation dentistry at Lynn Dental Care, no sense of fear or anxiety should prevent anyone from giving their teeth the care and attention they deserve.