Sedation Dentistry Columbus OH
Stoner Periodontics has offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the ideal solution for patients with extreme anxiety over going to the dentist or who have had a traumatic dental experience in the past. IV sedation allows a small amount of sedative to be administered without rendering the patient unconscious. Instead, the patient is able to simply relax and feel at ease during almost any dental procedure, even surgery without fear or anxiety.
Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?
Many patients are candidates for dental IV sedation. Patients who have a low pain tolerance are recommended to have IV sedation administered for their periodontic treatments. Patients who are having longer procedures that would require multiple hours can be administered the IV sedation. Any patient can request this form of sedation for their treatment if they have high anxieties about the procedure.
Patients of all ages can be candidates for IV sedation. If you have specific allergies to certain medications, this must be discussed prior to the administration of the sedation. If you are a patient that has a long form procedure coming up, do not hesitate to ask about our IV sedation option. While it is not required or recommended for routine check-ups or cleanings, the option can still be discussed on an individual patient basis.
Millions of adults shy away from having necessary periodontal procedures every year simply because they encounter anxiety associated with their past experiences. Avoiding any form of oral health check- up or needed operations can have some severe health consequences. At Stoner Periodontic Specialists, we see IV sedation as the best option for patients who are unable to relax during dental procedures.
Not only does IV sedation help relax our patients, but it also prevents any feeling of pain or pressure during the procedure. Many patients who have gone under sedation have only vague memories of the procedure. Our office offers IV sedation during many different types of periodontic treatments to ease our patients’ stresses and anxieties.
IV Sedation vs. General Anesthesia
Opting for IV sedation over a local or general anesthetic can have many positives. General anesthesia is typically administered in the form of a gas that is inhaled by the patient. This form of anesthesia will almost always put the patients completely to sleep and keep them unconscious throughout the procedure.
This form of anesthesia depresses the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, meaning it is reserved for the most invasive surgeries. In some complex oral surgeries that involve the jawbone in any form (such as implantology), a general anesthesia may be the preferred option.
If a patient is in need of a wisdom tooth removal, but the teeth are impacted below gums and bone, we consider this a more complicated procedure. It will likely be recommended for the patient to be under a general anesthesia as opposed to an IV sedation in this case. We also occasionally see a patient with high tolerance to IV sedation medications, for whom general anesthesia is the only option.
After IV Sedation
Although the immediate effects of IV sedation will fade away after the procedure is finished, you may still feel lightly sedated afterward. It is highly recommended for patients to bring a trusted friend or family member to drive them home after the procedure.
Ask Us About Sedation Dentistry
If you are interested in knowing more about sedation dentistry at Stoner Periodontic Specialists, give us a call. One of our team members will answer your questions and can schedule you for an evaluation. We want to be sure you are completely relaxed and content during your procedure, and IV sedation can make a huge difference to your comfort and state of mind.