May 21, 2018

Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira’s office provides numerous types of sedation dentistry to patients with dental anxiety. Techniques include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation and local anesthetic. The best one for you will depend on the procedure that needs to be performed as well as your personal comfort level.

Who Can Use It?

Millions of Americans suffer from dental phobias. Occasionally, this anxiety is completely in the mind while other times, it is based on a previous traumatic experience. However, there are plenty of other conditions that necessitate sedation.

For example, patients with Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy may be unable to control their movements. As a result, sedation becomes necessary, so they remain still throughout the treatment. Other conditions that make sedation dentistry advantageous include a fear of needles, sensitive teeth or the desire to complete the procedure in one appointment. Make sure to inform our oral surgeon if you currently take any medications because it can interact negatively with some sedation methods.

Which One Is Best?

The best one depends on the patient and procedure being performed. Nitrous oxide and oral sedation are beneficial for people with minor dental anxiety or require minimal dental work. They both keep the patient awake but put the individual in a more relaxed state.

IV sedation is recommended for more complex procedures. The patient may fall asleep or remain awake but leave the office with little recollection of the visit. Finally, our oral surgeon will use local anesthetic in conjunction with sedation methods to minimize the amount of pain a patient feels.

Call Us Today

Dr. Lugakingira is here to help you feel comfortable when you require dental implants or oral surgery. You do not want to delay any major dental work, and with various sedation methods at our disposal, we can help make you feel comfortable. Contact us in Fort Wayne, IN to learn more and to schedule an appointment!



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