Sedation Dentistry An Overview
Our team at Advanced Dental Health is committed to ensuring our patients’ needs are met in a comfortable and pain-free atmosphere. As a testament to that commitment, we offer a full range of dental sedation options to help patients feel at ease and relaxed throughout their visit. Whether you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, or you are receiving multiple treatments during one visit, we can recommend the most appropriate sedation option for your needs.
The safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction are important to our team, so we work with you to ensure your dental needs are met. Advanced Dental Health offers both conscious sedation and sleep dentistry sedation methods to our patients. Dental sedation should only be administered by a dentist with advanced training to eliminate complications, ensure an effective treatment, and to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Roham Rafat has completed extensive post-graduate training and is certified in Maryland to administer IV sedation to patients at our Hunt Valley dentist office.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
For those who are fearful of the dentist, or for patients who are undergoing complex treatment, sedation dentistry can offer several key benefits for your overall dental experience. As your experienced sedation dentists in Hunt Valley, our team works with you every step of the way to ensure you are fully informed of your sedation options. Dental sedation offers the following benefits:
- In conscious sedation, you will be able to communicate with your dentist while staying fully relaxed and comfortable.
- Sleep sedation, or IV sedation, allows patients to remain in a sleep like a state while receiving the care they need.
- Sedation allows patients with dental fear to receive the care they need
- Patients can receive more than one treatment during their visit
- Patients with sensitive teeth can receive the treatment they need with discomfort
Sedation Dentistry What to Expect
As highly trained, experienced dentists, we are committed to helping our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through the most effective and safe methods. During your appointment, we will explore your medical history and evaluate your smile before recommending the most appropriate sedation method for your needs. Sedation dentistry is the ideal solution for patients who are undergoing extensive restorative treatment, full mouth reconstruction, or other length treatment. Your dentist will explain all of your options during your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Ideal for patients who fear needles, oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of a pill. The pill is typically taken 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment. Patients remain conscious during their procedure; however, patients are able to communicate with their dentist and often have little to no memory of their treatment. Patients will need to coordinate a safe form of transportation to and from their appointment, as they cannot drive under oral conscious sedation.
Nitrous Oxide: Often referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask. The effects of nitrous oxide take effect as soon as the mask is placed over the nose and the gas is administered. However, the results of nitrous oxide diminish once the mask is removed. Under nitrous oxide, patients conscious but remain full relaxed and can typically resume their normal actives after their appointment.
Sleep Dentistry Sedation
Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV Sedation), often referred to as sleep dentistry, can be utilized for a patient with extreme dental fear or patients receiving advanced dental care. IV sedation is only to be administered under a specially trained dentist or a licensed anesthesiologist.
IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream, making it more efficient and fast acting that other dental sedation methods. To ensure patient safety and satisfaction throughout treatment the heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels are measured. If necessary, your dentist can make any adjustments to your sedation levels throughout the treatment.
Our team at Advanced Dental Health recommends that patients undergoing IV sedation coordinate transportation from our dental office.