Dental anxiety is one of the main reasons people do not go to the dentist. Many people are afraid of exams, cleanings, and dental procedures. Often, this fear begins in childhood and continues into adulthood. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we are here to help! At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we want our patients to feel safe and relaxed during their visit. To do this, we are happy to offer a variety of sedation dentistry options.
How Does Dental Sedation Work?
Dental sedation can help you feel comfortable during your appointment. Depending on your level of discomfort and anxiety, Dr. Desatnik will recommend a medication to help you relax. Some medications should be taken before your visit, while others will be administered just before your procedure. Although there are different levels of sedation, most allow patients to stay awake during their treatment.
There are four degrees of dental sedation: local anesthesia, minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is the most common and is often used to numb a portion of the mouth before treatment. Minimal sedation and moderate sedation are popular among those who want to stay awake but feel calm and relaxed throughout their visit. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are usually used for surgical procedures, although you may request the use of one of these sedation options in other situations as well.
What is Local Anesthesia?
We use local anesthesia to numb a particular area of the mouth. To do this, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia into the targeted area. That part of your mouth will start to go numb, and soon you won’t be able to feel anything at all. Dr. Desatnik often uses local anesthesia before surgeries such as tooth removal, root canal, periodontal treatment, etc. By using local anesthesia, you can be fully awake without having to experience any pain or discomfort.
I Want to Feel Relaxed but Stay Awake, What Do You Offer?
If you want to enjoy a comfortable, relaxed sensation during your visit but still want to stay awake, ask us about minimal or moderate sedation.
Moderate sedation is also known as oral conscious sedation. For this, Dr. Desatnik will prescribe a pill that you can pick up before your appointment. This medication will make you feel groggy and sleepy. Some people may fall asleep under oral conscious sedation, but patients are generally able to stay awake during their treatment.
What Other Options Do You Have?
If you would like to be mostly or entirely unconscious during your time with us, we may recommend deep sedation or general anesthesia. For these options, you will be unconscious throughout your treatment. With deep sedation and general anesthesia, you can feel completely calm and relaxed.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how we can help you relax, call our office at 216-464-9800. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns!