Are you apprehensive about going to the dentist?
Need a lot of work and don’t want multiple appointments to get it all done?
Do you want a relaxing dental appointment?
Dr. Wagner is trained and licensed to administer oral conscious sedation.
Conscious sedation is a technique, which provides a relaxing environment to complete your dental care. By taking one or more oral medications, you can relax while being treated. The protocols we use have been safely used on more than one million patients allowing apprehensive patients the opportunity to achieve optimal oral health without white knuckles.
What is Conscious Sedation?
There is a difference between conscious sedation and general anesthesia. When you’re given general anesthesia, you may need help and support breathing, and this method can be restricted to certain types of oral surgeries. There are plenty of in between types of medication that can be swallowed, inhaled or injected intravenously. These don’t cause the deep sleep of general anesthesia, but they usually mean you won’t notice much about your dental appointments, and may have little recollection of them.
One benefit of this type of dentistry is ability to have a lot of dental work done in one appointment. If you have numerous fillings or crowns, a few root canals, or anything else major that needs to be done, you can usually have all of this work performed at the same time. This may prove helpful to people who have limited time to take off work for frequent dental visits.
Many people view conscious sedation dentistry as an excellent way of getting appropriate oral care without having to be tense, nervous or in pain during dental visits. Another group of people that may benefit from this form of dentistry are those that have conditions that cause sudden movements or inability to control movements. There are even some pediatric dentists who specialize in sedation dentistry, though some medical professionals call into question the use of sedation in especially young children, if not absolutely necessary.
To ensure safety, you should work with dentists who are trained in the various methods of conscious sedation dentistry, like Modern Dental. You’ll also need a little extra support for your appointment. Since you will take or inhale medications that will leave you very calm and sometimes sleepy, you cannot drive yourself to and from these visits. You’ll need a reliable friend or family member to pick you up and to listen to any instructions given by the dentist after the procedure because you may not remember them.
Want to learn more about conscious sedation and how the Modern Dental team can help you overcome your dental anxiety? Give our Boise dental office a call, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, or help to schedule an appointment to meet us in person.