According to the American Dental Association, approximately 75 million people in the US have some degree of dental fear and about 40% of them have avoided routine dental care.
Here at Allure Dental Care in Modesto, we're pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe and effective sedation dentistry. Now you can enjoy your dental visits with no pain! You can benefit from IV and oral sedation if you have either a fear of anxiety of being at the dentist's chair or a hard time staying numb from anesthetics.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious Sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command and that is produced by pharmacological or nonpharmacologic method or combination thereof.
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called relaxation dentistry, refers to the way dentist's manage pain and anxiety during dental appointments.
Unlike general anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under conscious sedation, are able to respond to commands and breath on their own. There are 2 primary ways that sedation is administered in our Modesto dental office:
1. IV Sedation also known as Deep Conscious Sedation is usually used by oral surgeons and dentists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication and the effects are instantaneous. IV Sedation is not used commonly in most dental offices because of the specialized advanced training required and the requirements for certification by the State Board of Dentistry. The drugs used for IV Sedation are more effective then the same drugs taken orally. There is a more profound amnesia associated with this technique.
2. Enteral Conscious Sedation "Orally Administered Sedation", sometimes called "Sedation Dentistry" is administered by taking a pill. All body functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often fall asleep. Some degree of amnesia is common. The disadvantage with this method of sedation, is that the level of sedation for each person is not predictable.
To learn more about our sedation dentistry, please contact our Modesto dental office today!
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