Regardless of physical health, mental health or emotional health, every person should visit the dentist at least twice per year. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for some people. Luckily, more dentists are now training to use sedation dentistry as a methods of providing dental care. If you have never been sedated before, it helps to know what to expect.
Who Sedation Works For
A wide range of people can use sedation dentistry in Fort Myers, FL. Many children and adults use it because they have had a bad experience in the past or are simply afraid of the dentist. Sometimes people use it because they need extensive work done or because they do not handle pain well or have a bad gag reflex. Other people have seizure disorders, tics or other medical situations that prevent them from sitting still. Sedation allows them to get the care they need without compromising safety.
How Sedation Is Administered
When you see our general dentist, Dr. William Greider, he will work with another member of our team to administer the sedation drug in the way that works best for you. If you only need to relax a bit, you can use nitrous oxide or take a pill for light to moderate sedation. If your situation requires deep sedation or being totally unconscious, we work with professionals who can assess your medical history and monitor your vital signs while you receive IV sedation or general anesthesia. No matter which one you choose, you will also receive a local anesthetic to numb the area Dr. Greider is working on.
What to Expect
Your exact experience will depend on what kind of anesthetic you receive. Moderate sedation keeps you awake during the procedure, but you may not remember much of it. Deep sedation puts you near unconsciousness, but you can still be awakened if someone shakes you. General anesthesia requires waiting until the medication wears off or giving you another medication to wake you up.
Do not give up on dental care simply because a traditional general dentist cannot meet your needs. Call 239-267-5000 to schedule sedation dentistry in Fort Myers, FL.