Do you ever wish you could sail through dental visits without anxiety or fear? Would you rather endure an agonizing toothache than go to the dentist? Answering “yes” to either of these questions could mean that you're a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, you can forget about fear and focus on pure relaxation.
There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient. Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide helps you relax and wears off quickly. Conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form. You may very well end up sleeping through your procedure, and may not even remember it the next day! IV deep sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly. With IV deep sedation, most patients fall asleep but can be easily awakened. Total sedation, or general anesthesia, is the highest level of sedation where you are completely unconscious and cannot be easily awakened.
Why go through the anxiety of visiting the dentist if you’d prefer to just float through it? Dr. Engle is always happy to take the time to listen to you, and help you decide what level of sedation will fit your needs.