Anyone experienced in the dental field can tell you that for some reason or another, there are many emotions surrounding a trip to the dentist. For many, dental appointments can cause severe anxiety, for others, it is simply a thing to avoid at all costs. For children particularly, dental visits are important, as it is often childhood experiences that become the platform for an adult’s view toward the dentist. For this reason, dentists like Dr. Lynn go out of their way to ensure that children feel comfortable from the time they are checked in, to the completion of their treatment. Combined with the appropriate pain medications, sedation can make a trip to the dentist a walk in the park.
So what do you mean by “sedation”?
Sedation dentistry is often the best possible course of direction for children needing dental treatment in order to ensure that they are fully relaxed and comfortable. Sedation methods available include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and conscious intravenous (IV) sedation. While all three methods keep the patient conscious, calm, and at ease, they are administered through different paths. For example, nitrous oxide is one of the most common sedation methods and is administered through a mask when mixed with oxygen, oral sedation is a tablet taken about half an hour before the appointment, and conscious intravenous sedation is administered through an IV. Sedation is often recommended for children specifically because the patient is able to remain conscious throughout the procedure, and experience a feeling of relaxation rather than discomfort. It is safe to use, and requires little to no time to wear off after the procedure.
As previously mentioned it is important to equate dentistry with positivity for children, as an alarming percentage of the adult population avoids the dentist because of fear or negative past experiences. Through the use of any form of conscious sedation, it is possible to make necessary treatment as smooth and painless as possible.
What can sedation dentistry be used for?
Sedation can be used for almost all dental procedures. As nitrous oxide is the most common and mild form of sedation, it is most often used for treatment such as fillings, crowns, and root canals. While oral sedation is less prescribed than nitrous oxide, it is often used for the same procedures. Conscious intravenous sedation is administered through an IV, and is therefore used most for major dental procedures or long appointments that involve multiple minor procedures. Intravenous sedation is most commonly used for oral surgery and allows for the doctor to keep the level of sedation steady for long periods of time, which helps the patient be as comfortable as possible for the duration of the procedure however long it may be.
Dr. Lynn takes pride on performing work that the patient is satisfied with and ensuring that the experience was as pleasant as possible. Dr. Lynn suggests the use of sedation dentistry often because whether the patient is a child or adult, he understands the importance of providing excellent care.