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Sedation Dentistry
Tulsa, OK

Woman under conscious sedation at Smiles of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK
Taking proper care of your mouth is essential for ensuring its health, as well as its beauty. You brush twice a day, and you floss. However, taking care of your mouth at home is only a part of the equation. To optimize the health of your mouth, professional care is needed. This could be something as simple as a cleaning and exam, or you may need treatment for a more serious issue. Unfortunately, many patients experience fear or anxiety when they think about setting foot in a dentist's office. At Smiles of Tulsa, we can help to ease your fears and anxieties with sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people experience fear and anxiety when they think about going to the dentist. For some, this fear can keep them from getting the treatments they need, which can be harmful to their oral (and overall) health. Sedation dentistry can help you to feel more relaxed and comfortable in the dentist’s chair, allowing you to get the treatments you need, whether it’s a root canal, an extraction, or treatment for gum disease. There are several different levels of sedation to meet a variety of needs:
•  Minimal sedation: This is the lightest form of sedation. You are completely conscious, but also very relaxed.
•  Moderate sedation: This type of sedation is meant to keep you conscious, but out of it. It tends to have an amnesic effect, meaning you may not remember parts (or any) of your procedure.
•  Deep sedation: You are kept on the brink of consciousness, and may even fall asleep.
•  General anesthesia: Typically done in a hospital setting, general anesthesia knocks you out and keeps you asleep throughout your entire procedure.

Reasons for Sedation

Fear and anxiety are common reasons for using sedation dentistry. They are not, however, the only ones. Other reasons for sedation dentistry include:
•  You have extremely sensitive teeth.
•  Your gag reflex is bad (it reacts to the slightest touch).
•  Your pain threshold is exceptionally low.
•  You find it difficult to sit still for any length of time.
•  Your procedure will take a long time, or you need a significant amount of work done.

Types of Sedation

There are several different types of sedation:
•  Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is an inhaled sedative. It is a type of minimal sedation that keeps you conscious but relaxed. A small mask is placed over your nose, and you inhale a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. The effects start quickly, but they also wear off within minutes.
•  Oral conscious sedation: Oral sedation involves the use of sedatives taken by mouth. They are usually taken about an hour before your procedure, and take about 30 minutes (your exact time depends upon you) to kick in. The effects can linger for several hours.
•  IV sedation: IV sedation is delivered directly into the bloodstream with the use of a needle. It goes to work almost immediately. Much like oral sedatives, the effects can linger.

Oral (Conscious Sedation) at Smiles of Tulsa

Oral sedation dentistry allows Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who avoid the dentist out of fear.

With sedation, your dentist can work more effectively by helping you become as comfortable as possible using well established and proven methods. There are a variety of sedation medications that are taken orally or "sublingually" (under the tongue). All sedation medicines are ordered through your preferred pharmacy and we advise that you take the medication, prior to your appointment.

Whether you need a simple procedure, or something more complex, getting dental care is essential for maintaining the health of your mouth. Sedation dentistry can help you to remain calm and comfortable, allowing you to get the treatments you need. Contact Smiles of Tulsa today at (918) 891-3059 to learn more.

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