One of Dr. Spencer’s favorite parts of practicing dentistry is finding solutions for people who have put off dental care due to their fear of the dentist. The first thing someone with high dental anxiety needs to know is that it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Up to 20 percent of Americans avoid the dentist due to a dental phobia. The second thing someone with high dental anxiety needs to know is Dr. Spencer can help you by using conscious sedation dentistry.
What Is Conscious Sedation?
Anytime you hear someone talking about being put to sleep in a general dentists’ office, they are likely talking about conscious sedation. The conscious part refers to your ability to maintain a heartbeat and breath on your own, as well as respond to commands, so if Dr. Spencer needs you to open your mouth, he can ask you, and you will respond.
However, conscious sedation puts you in a comfortable, sleep-like state where you remember little to none of your dental appointment.
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV conscious sedation is the most predictable and controllable sedation option available. How does it work? Dr. Spencer starts an IV and can administer the sedative medication directly into your bloodstream. The medication's effect is rapid, which allows Dr. Spencer to give small amounts at a time until we reach the proper level of sedation. We can often use two types of medications together to achieve a profound but safe and controllable level of sedation.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation is similar to IV conscious sedation. In fact, the primary medications used in both are from the same family of medications. The main difference between the two is that the medication for oral conscious sedation is taken in the form of a pill. This means that it takes longer for the medication to have an effect, but a similar sleep-like state may be obtained.
Find Out If Sedation Dentistry Is Right for You
Before scheduling a patient for sedation, Dr. Spencer needs to gather a detailed medical history. You will most likely be eligible for dental sedation. Still, we must learn about your overall health and discuss any previous negative reactions you may have experienced after taking a medication or undergoing a procedure.
Once we determine if sedation dentistry in Merced is right for you, Dr. Spencer can then discuss which form will benefit you most. If we decide on oral sedation, we will provide a prescription for you to fill so you can take the medication before leaving your home for our dental office.
You will also need to arrange for a ride to and from your dental appointment, as you can remain drowsy and foggy for several hours following your visit and will not be allowed to drive.
Call us today if you are ready to inquire about sedation dentistry!