As we get older, taking care of teeth and gums gets more important than ever before. This is because the loss of teeth and bones in the mouth can be devastating. It affects your ability to eat, speak and generally live well! We use our teeth and gums all day, every day! This is why mesquite Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing sedation dentistry to those who are in fear of the dentist, or those who require special care.
There are many barriers for the elderly to visiting the dentist, from more urgent medical conditions to fixed incomes and transportation or scheduling arrangements. We offer sedation dentistry to the elderly, to make this stressful task a bit easier and more comfortable. It allows you to rest through your appointment, and wake up to a better mouth!
People with disabilities also may have difficulty seeing the dentist. It requires a special kind of care, including significant compassion from the dentist and staff. At our dental office, we supply the expertise, state-of-art equipment and commitment that our disabled patients require.
For those who are simply afraid of visiting the dentist, whether it’s a gag reflex, or previous bad experiences, or an aversion to needs or drills, we can help. Sedation dentistry eases all of these conditions and situations! It also allows us to get more work done at each visit, making your visits more productive.
Nitrous Oxide is a colorless gas which is commonly used in dentistry. It’s sweet smelling, non-irritating character makes it work well for this purpose. It has been the principal means of sedation in dentistry for a long time.
Our dentists prefer nitrous oxide because it allows patients to breathe on their own and stay in control more so than with general anesthesia. Patients have a tendency to forget what occurred, and may even fall asleep if enough gas is used. We can control the amount of sedation that occurs, and customize it for each patient. Using this type of sedation has positive effects like reduction in gagging, more comfort during procedures, and more. Be careful to avoid the use of this treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Conveniences of oral sedation include:
- You’re comfortable when treatment is finished.
- You’ll have less trouble sitting through a drawn-out process.
- Full mouth restorations and multiple treatments can happen in fewer visits.
- Less pain after the treatments.
The most often prescribed dental associated drugs that treat stress belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Drugs like Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan reduce stress by toning and binding down processes within “panic” receptors in the brain.
There are two kinds of Benzodiazepines:
Sedative Hypnotics: These drugs cause composure, including slumber and drowsiness. This sleep state is really a kind of hypnosis that’s a kind of physical sleep.
Anti-Anxiety Drugs: These are drugs which relieve stress and cause a state of relaxation and calm.
Others act in goal panic centers in the brain. Typically, higher doses cause slumber, while in lower doses, they reduce stress without sedation.
Benzodiazepines are additionally Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants (i.e. there can be a drop in blood pressure and respiration). It’s vital that you take heed that they shouldn’t be combined with other CNS depressants (for example alcohol). Its important that you just use the dose your dentist prescribes for you. It’s not impossible to overdose, and your respiration could be lowered by overdoses to alarmingly low levels, which might bring about death or coma.
You shouldn’t drive to or from your appointment if you’ve taken any of these medications. Arrange for someone to drive you!