dental sedationI need to go to the dentist, but I’m too scared! This, unfortunately, is a recurring reality for many people. Being afraid of the dentist can make having dental work done very difficult for fearful patients. The truth is that dental sedation helps a lot of people get the care they need and keep their teeth, gums, and mouth healthy.

Sedation dentistry was once only dreamed of and joked about: “Oh, if only they could knock me out!” Well, today’s sedation dentistry doesn’t “knock” anyone out, but it does make the dream of a relaxing visit to the dentist a reality.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation is also called sleep dentistry, and it is meant to make the experience of going to the dentist less scary than it is usually considered to be. There are several kinds of procedures.

Oral sedation uses oral sedatives such as diazepam, in order to diminish or eliminate patients’ fear of the dentist and the dental procedure they are about to undergo. Basically, it’s about taking anxiety relieving medications to help you relax and not feel pain.

Inhalation sedation uses nitrous oxide gas that relaxes you during the procedure. This is commonly called “laughing gas’’ and is inhaled with the same purpose of reducing anxiety and fear and inducing relaxation. It wears off quickly, so your dentist might let you drive yourself home after the appointment.

IV sedation has the sedative injected intravenously. It has a more rapid effect and lasts longer. Sedation can be moderate, deep or even general, meaning the patient is partially or completely unconscious. Like other types of sedation, IV sedation dentistry is meant to facilitate relaxation, making the patient feel more comfortable during the dental procedures and eliminating pain.

Dental Sedation in Scottsdale

Dr. Reem Kidess is a specialist in sedation dentistry in Scottsdale and has been in dental practice since 1995. As a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, MAGD and an Elite Member of CEREC Doctors, she and her practice are committed to offering patients state of the art dental care. Dr. Reem Kidess is also licensed in sedation dentistry by the Arizona Board of Dentistry.

For more information on oral, inhalation and IV sedation dentistry, please call us at (480) 991-2290.