What is Sedation Dentistry?
Many people of all ages are gripped with fear and anxiety of going to the dentist, even for routine procedures like a check up and dental cleaning. Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day and eat a relatively healthy diet, the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend going to the dentist every six months for preventive treatment. Skipping dental treatment when nothing is wrong may not seem like much of an issue, but it can actually increase your risk of needing more invasive treatment in the future for tooth decay or gum disease. The good news is you don't have to sacrifice your oral health (or skip cosmetic improvements), even if you suffer from anxiety or heightened sensitivity to pain. Dr. James Lemmons, a dentist in Greensboro, NC, offers several forms of sedation dentistry to help you and your family get the dental care you need.
Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro, NC
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help anxious and nervous patients relax while undergoing dental treatment. Most people are familiar with one of the most famous forms of sedation dentistry (laughing gas) from comedy skits and TV shows. Sedation dentistry is also sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry when general anesthesia is used to put a person completely to sleep, but there are several options available for every type of patient and procedure.
Different Types of Sedation Dentistry Available to Help You Relax at the Dentist
Dr. Lemmons offers three types of sedation:
Oral Sedation Dentistry - The perfect option for patients afraid of needles. Oral medication options include Valium, Halcion, Ativan, Versed, Vistaril, and Sonata.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation - A combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen ("laughing gas"). Used primarily to relieve anxiety and cause relaxation during a procedure.
IV Conscious Sedation - A stronger dose of sedatives are delivered directly into the bloodstream through an IV line in your vein.
Find a Dentist in Greensboro, NC
For more information on the various types of sedation dentistry and how it can help you get the dental care you need, contact our office by calling (336) 292-9290 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lemmons today.