Sedation Dentistry: Alleviating Anxiety All Over El Paso
Sedation dentistry is no longer just for wisdom teeth and root canals. In fact, recent research has shown there are many more instances when sedation dentistry could be applied, and in fact should. Here at Picasso Smiles, we educate patients about sedation dentistry and use techniques tailored specifically to their needs.
First off, what is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the process of giving patients who may be apprehensive about their oral treatments mild sedatives, which will allow the patients to remain comfortable yet, still semi conscious throughout the treatment process. As a result, there is nearly nonexistent pain, and little memory of the experience.
Is it safe?
Fantastic Question! This is usually what patients worry about most when learning about the process. They fear that they will wake up in the middle of an operation in major pain, but paralyzed and unable to let their doctor know about their current state. But rest assured, Dr. Nima Shayesteh and Dr. Tamir Shams at Picasso Smiles are trained and certified to ensure this does not happen to you. Our doctors will go through a thorough process to ensure the correct sedative is given to you and no complications occur during the oral treatment.
So what should I expect?
Also frequently asked by our patients, there are a few things to expect when using sedation dentistry. Depending on which type of sedation you administer, the results may vary slightly. For the most part however, after taking the sedative, you will be put into a semi conscious state. You will be open to suggestion and will be able to hear directions from the doctor, but will not be at your highest cognitive function. It is because of this that we require you to have someone pick you up after your visit until the sedative fully wears off. A few hours later, you will have little to no memory of the treatment taking place which means you don’t need to dwell on what happened and have it cause anxiety in the future.
Who can get this?
Another great question! Patients will come in with a wide range of issues, which can warrant sedation. These include:
- Fear of shots
- Sensitive teeth
- Strong gag reflex
- Traumatic prior experience
- Fear of sounds or smell in a dental office
- Anxious, phobic, or otherwise fearful patient
Is this for me?
It is very important for each patient that comes to our dental practice to do an assessment with his or her doctor to determine what level of sedative is needed. At Picasso Smiles, we are well equipped to deal with any and all anxious patients to ensure both their safety, as well as ease of mind. If you are in the El Paso area, contact us, and we’ll go through the process with you, and let you know what steps to take moving forward.