What is Sedation Dentistry?
It is normal for some people to have apprehension about going to the dentist. Most people deal with this apprehension with little difficulty. Some people have more than a little apprehension. Whether it’s due to a past experience or some other reason, their fear often keeps them from going to the dentist for even routine care. Sooner or later, it catches up with them. A visit to the dentist becomes a feared necessity.
Fortunately, there are a number of methods we can utilize to reduce fear and anxiety.
Sedation allows patients to feel more comfortable when it comes to having complex and lengthy procedures. As a result of sedation, patients may feel as though an extensive treatment only lasted a few minutes. Sedation simply helps reduce overall nervousness and anxiety that sometimes accompany a visit to the dentist.
At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we offer a number of sedation options. These include:
- Local Anesthesia
- Nitrous Oxide
- Minimal Sedation
- Moderate (Conscious) Sedation
Local anesthesia eliminates any discomfort or pain of the treatment. Agents block conduction along the nerve pathways so that patients do not feel the pain. Commonly referred to as “Novocain”, the anesthetic most commonly used in dentistry is Lidocaine. Novocain was the first used synthetic local anesthetics. A significant percentage of the population has an allergy to Novocain and as a result, Lidocaine was developed. Lidocaine is an extremely safe and effective local anesthetic agent. It remains the number one used local anesthetic in dentistry and medicine today. Septocaine, developed a few years ago, seems to produce more profound anesthesia with half the dosage. Regardless of any other sedation techniques, local anesthesia ensures a pain-free visit.
Moderate (Conscious) Sedation
Why Choose Implant Dentistry of Florida?
Dr. Clark Brown was trained in intravenous moderate (conscious) sedation at Georgetown University Hospital and in the United States Air Force. He has been practicing moderate (conscious) sedation since 1978 and is licensed in conscious (adult – moderate) sedation by the State of Florida’s Board of Dentistry. He maintains CPR/AED and ACLS certifications. In addition, he regularly takes continuing education classes in sedation and emergency medical management. He is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology.