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Sedation Dentistry for anxiety free dentistry in Tampa

Dentistry has advanced to the point in which pain is almost a thing of the past with sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry refers to the process of establishing a relaxed, calm state during dental treatment through the use of sedatives, and is an ideal solution for fearful patients or extensive treatments that would otherwise require multiple appointments. Different sedatives vary in degrees of relaxation. Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative, such as nitrous oxide or light oral sedation, while the patient is awake to reach a state of relaxation. 

For severe cases of dental phobia, it’s possible for a patient to undergo a major dental procedure and remember very little of it with the help of I.V. conscious sedation or Oral conscious sedation. The type of sedative a patient can receive will be discussed prior to scheduling and may be determined by the patient’s degree of anxiety and the extent of the procedure. 
 
Powerful pain-killing medications known as anesthetics not only help a patient avoid discomfort during a procedure, but post-operatively as well. Some of our Tampa patients may require higher doses of anesthetic than others.
Sedation allows our dentists to create a state of relaxation and manage the fear and pain patients may experience during dental procedures.  
 

Types of pain-killing medications include:

  • Analgesics - These are also called pain relievers and include common non-narcotic medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Analgesics are usually used for mild cases of discomfort, and are typically prescribed following such procedures as a root canal or tooth extraction.
  • Anesthetics - Anesthetics can either be topically applied, injected or swallowed. Dentists often apply topical anesthetics with a cotton swab to an area of the mouth where a procedure such as a restoration will be performed. This numbs the affected area. Topical anesthetics are used in many dental procedures such as tooth restoration. Topical anesthetics also are used to prepare an area for injection of an anesthetic. Novocaine and Lidocaine are the most common kind of injectable anesthetics. Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as fillings and root canals.
  • Sedatives - Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), sedation using oral medications, or deeper IV sedation for anxiety and pain control.

 

Types of sedatives include:

  • Intravenous (IV) sedation - Usually in the form of a tranquilizing agent; patients given IV sedation are often awake, but very relaxed.
  • Inhalation sedation - a form of sedation in which nitrous oxide is administered through a special mask.
  • Oral Conscious sedation- a combination of oral medications which may be combined with nitrous oxide to achieve moderate relaxation.


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Patients in Tampa suffering from dental anxiety or phobia are often hesitant to undergo long or complex dental procedures, as they aren’t sure whether they can withstand long periods of time in the dental chair. With sedation dentistry, however, patients can endure the smile makeover they’ve always wanted. This is due in part to the fact that sedatives make long procedures seem like only a few minutes, leaving the patient in a relaxed, and anxiety-free state while the dentist is free to perform the procedure with ease. Appointments that would generally require multiple visits can often be performed in just one, due to the patients increased cooperation. 
 
And since sedation dentistry helps reduce many fears experienced by anxious patients, patients are more likely to go to the dentist for routine care and other treatments once they understand the ease in which a treatment can be performed under the use of sedatives. You can view more information on Oral conscious sedation dentistry here
 

For more information on our Sedation Dentist in the Tampa, FL
call Dental Wellness of Westchase at (813) 855-2273 today!

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