It can take time to face your fears – months, years, a lifetime. But working up the courage to face a fear of needles, or claustrophobia or any other fear shouldn’t keep you out of the dentist’s chair for any amount of time. Sedation dentistry offers a way for you to leave your worries and fears at the door, so you can get the dental treatment you need. Find out how sedation dentistry can make your next dental appointment seem like a breeze.
Your Options for Sedation Dentistry
Here are the levels of sedation you’ll find offered by a dentist in Vicksburg, MS. Keep in mind: The delivery methods and dosage will vary based on your current health, medical history and personal preferences.
Light sedation: This form of sedation may be applied locally, topically or through a syringe, to mute pain and keep the patient calm. For example, a person anxious about having their teeth cleaned may be given a light sedative that primarily numbs any discomfort so that that person no longer worries about any accidental pricks or scrapes during the cleaning.
Moderate sedation: When numbing the pain won’t be enough to keep your fears at bay, your dentist may offer a higher dosage of a sedative. With a moderate dose of a sedative, your consciousness becomes suppressed to a degree. You’re still awake and responsive, but your response times are slowed and your mind won’t race nearly as much, if at all.
Deep sedation: For procedures that require you to sit still for a long time, deep sedation can make the proposition much easier. At this level of sedation, you’re more likely to fall asleep. But unlike general anesthesia, you can be roused from deep sedation before the sedative wears off.
Find Out More
Click here to schedule a consultation with a local dentist in Vicksburg, MS to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry and how they can make your next dental appointment a much more enjoyable experience.
Not fond of needles? Your dentist may offer sedation via a pill or in gas form through a mask. So, go to your consultation ready to ask questions.