October 3, 2015
Fear of going to the dentist leads to tooth loss and other health problems. Dallas sedation dentist, Dr. Ellis L. Ramsey, offers oral conscious and IV sedation to relax his patients so they can get the restorative and preventive treatment they need.
Why are people afraid of going to the dentist?
- embarrassment over the condition of their teeth and gums
- past bad experiences at the dentist
- need for multiple procedures
- inability to sit still
- an overactive gag reflex
- sensitivity to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental office
A time-proven solution is sedation dentistry. Aimed at calming fear and creating relaxation, sedation dentistry uses various drugs and methods of delivering those drugs to allow patients to remain calm, or even nap, during their procedures.
What is the history of sedation dentistry?
Use of anesthetics and sedatives extends back to the 1700s when doctors first attempted to use nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to treat tuberculosis. Dentist Horace Wells inhaled the gas himself and extracted his own molar. Then, in 1865, the American Dental Association recognized Dr. Wells as having discovered effective anesthesia.
As time went on, nitrous oxide became an anesthesia of choice, peaking in popularity mid-20th century. Laughing gas is famous for relaxation so complete that patients are euphoric. It remains appropriate for individuals who need light sedation for dental and medical procedures.
Oral (pill form) and IV (intravenous) sedation were more recently added to a sedation dentist’s repertoire. Your Dallas sedation dentist, Ellis L. Ramsey DDS, offers them to patients with appropriate medical history.
What is oral conscious sedation?
Oral conscious sedation, or sleep dentistry, is just a pill such as Valium or Halcion that allows patients to feel calm or to nap in the dental chair. Taken at home or at the Lake Highland dentist’s office, these sedative produce a slight amnesic effect. Patients may not even remember their procedures.
Dr. Ramsey and his staff carefully evaluate each patient’s oral and medical health history, including surgeries and current medications, before recommending oral conscious sedation. They also monitor the patient’s vital signs and comfort level after they administer the medication.
What is IV conscious sedation?
IV conscious sedation is liquid medication administered through a needle in the arm. Again, vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and respirations are monitored, and the doctor may adjust the level of sedation up or down. Patients often nap, waking with little or no memory of their dental work. A friend or relative must drive them home after the appointment.
Your Dallas sedation dentist often uses local anesthesia (pain injections) together with oral and IV conscious sedation to alleviate pain and help patients relax.
Are you considering sedation dentistry?
If fear of the dentist prevents you from getting exams and procedures important to your oral and overall health, explore sedation dentistry with Ellis L. Ramsey. Schedule a consultation, learn about your options and find out how relaxing going to the dentist can be.
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