Many patients prefer not being awake during complex dental procedures. Patients who are prone to nervousness and anxiety can choose to be sedated, which will help them avoid panic attacks during their dental treatment.
At Advanced Dental Care of Richmond, we like to make sure our patients are always comfortable during their visits. While sedation is helpful, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Sedating a patient always carries a small risk, which is why it is a good idea to get a second opinion on it.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves administering general anesthesia before the patient is due to undergo a procedure. This medication causes a temporary loss of consciousness. The patient is completely unaware of any pain or discomfort while under anesthesia, which means they don’t experience anxiety or panic attacks.
The patient wakes up after the procedure and doesn’t experience any severe discomfort. Our dentist provides pain medication if necessary, to ensure you’re comfortable during the recovery process.
Unfortunately, some patients can’t benefit from sedation dentistry because of their medical history. Administering general anesthesia can cause problems in patients with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory problems. A general physician might have to sign off before the patient can undergo the procedure. That’s why it is essential to consider a 2nd opinion for sedation before making the decision.
How To Get a Second Opinion?
Most experienced and reliable dentists will encourage you to get a second opinion and ensure sedation dentistry is a safe option for you. We have helped many patients make the right decisions over the years and always make sure we explain the facts correctly. Here’s a look at how you can get a second opinion:
- Collect all of the reports and tests your dentist took for the procedure.
- Collect your general medical information and relevant reports from your physician.
- Contact our clinic to book an appointment. Mention that you are seeking a second opinion for sedation.
- Our clinic will provide an appointment date and time. You will need to bring all the reports and any recommendations from your current dentist with you.
Our dentist will study all of the information provided carefully and examine your teeth and gums before offering their recommendations. You can discuss these recommendations with your current dentist and make a decision accordingly.
Different Kinds of Sedatives
Most dentists are authorized to use nitrous oxide or laughing gas to help their patients. This gas doesn’t completely sedate you, but it can help keep anxiety or panic attacks at bay. Dentists can’t administer stronger sedatives unless they have specific training, certification, and qualifications needed to do it safely. The other types of sedation include:
- Enteral sedation, wherein the dentist provides a pill that will help ease anxiety but will keep you awake during the procedure.
- IV Sedation offers deeper pain and anxiety relief and is administered intravenously.
- General anesthesia is the deepest form of sedation provided. You will be unconscious during the procedure and won’t feel a thing.
All of these sedatives must be administered carefully to ensure they don’t cause health complications. Our dentist will examine the information regarding your health and consider the discomfort aspect before offering their 2nd opinion for sedation. They will explain which option is safest and carries the maximum amount of risk for you.
Our dentist will also answer any questions you might have regarding the sedation process and correct any misapprehensions. Many patients fear they might wake up in the middle of the procedure. They also fear to be unable to communicate with the dentist while being under sedation. Our dentist will address all of these issues to ensure you are comfortable going into the procedure.
If you want to know more about sedation dentistry, don’t hesitate to contact us at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond. Our dentist will explain all of the facts involved and help you make the right decisions.