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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
July 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Most dental procedures today only require local anesthesia to numb just the affected area. It's a safer approach than general anesthesia: the unconscious state created by putting someone "to sleep" can lead to some unpleasant complications.

But patient comfort involves more than preventing physical pain during a procedure. There's also the emotional factor—many people experience nervousness, anxiety or fear during dental visits. It's especially problematic for an estimated 15% of the population whose dental visit anxiety is so great they often try to avoid dental care altogether.

One option is to use general anesthesia for patients with acute anxiety rather than local anesthesia. This removes them consciously from their anxiety, but they must then be monitored closely for complications.

But there's a safer way to relax patients with high anxiety called intravenous or IV sedation. The method delivers a sedative medication directly into a patient's bloodstream through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein. The sedative places the patient in a relaxed "semi-awake" state, taking the edge off their anxiety while still enabling them to respond to verbal commands.

Coupled with local anesthesia, they won't experience any pain and very little if any discomfort. And many of the sedatives used also have an amnesiac effect so that the patient won't remember the procedures being performed.

IV sedation does require monitoring of vital signs, but the patient won't need help maintaining their breathing or heart function. And although the medication can be adjusted to reduce any lingering after-effects, a patient will still need someone to accompany them to and from their visit.

For lesser anxiety or nervousness, dentists sometimes prescribe an oral sedative to take just before a visit. This can help take the edge off your nerves and help you relax. With either method, though, sedation can help you overcome fear and anxiety and have a more pleasant treatment experience.

If you would like more information on IV sedation, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from seeing your dentist regularly.sedation dentistry

We know that most people don’t exactly feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the prospect of visiting their dentist. However, if you find yourself breaking out into a cold sweat because of fear, it might be time you talked to our Fresno, CA, sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

The purpose of sedation is to help keep you feeling calm and collected during your next dental visit. Whether you have a serious dental procedure coming up or you just have an immense fear of getting a dental cleaning, our Fresno dentist can help you determine whether sedation is the best way to alleviate your dental worries and to make your next trip a breeze.

What types of sedation are out there?

While many people think of sedation dentistry as and often call it sleep dentistry, these are very different. Sedation has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety during your dental procedure. It may make you feel tired. Some patients may actually fall asleep, but the difference between sedation dentistry and general anesthesia is that the patient won’t be completely knocked out. A simple nudge will awaken someone under sedation.

The are three types of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”)
  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation

The type of sedation you receive will depend on a variety of factors such as your level of anxiety and how in-depth your dental procedure will be. Oral sedation tends to be the most common option because it’s easy to increase the dose to provide you with the anxiety relief you need. Nitrous oxide may also be a great option for those who want to experience a stress-free visit without the groggy after effects that can sometimes come with oral sedation. Chat with our dentist about your options.

Are you interested in getting sedation dentistry during your next dental procedure? If so, then it’s time you called our Fresno, CA, dental office and find out if you could be a good candidate for sedation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
February 04, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation dentistry  

If you're like most people, taking a trip to the dentist isn't exactly your idea of "fun." With reminders of an upcoming dentist appointment giving way to defeated sighs, somber shakes of the head, or dreamy thoughts of rescheduling-- tonever-- it's no wonder even a routine dentist appointment is rarely looked highly upon. After all, the fear and trepidation of being attached to a dentist chair as Sedation Dentistrysome guy in a mask screws around - literally - inside your mouth isn't something to look forward to.

But at Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc., all those bad memories of the dentist can be no more - because you don't even have to have the memories in the first place! That's because sedation dentistry offers a unique new way to experience a relaxed, calm trip to the dentist by providing an ideal solution for even the most fearful patients. Using sedatives that can relax skittish patients even during invasive procedures, sedation dentistry invokes the use of relaxants like nitrous oxide or light oral sedation while the patient is alert. Not long after, the patient will slip into a controlled state of beautiful relaxation, and oftentimes come to not even remembering the details of the procedure that just took place in their mouth!

Patients who undergo sedation dentistry allow their dental professionals to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, too, as patients with dental phobia specifically are rendered cooperative enough for their dental specialist to make record time in their mouth. This allows patients young and old who particularly despise the dentist to finally achieve the smile they've been too scared to go under for - and they won't even have bad memories left over!

Sedation dentistry makes coming into the dentist's office a breeze, helping even those patients with extreme dental phobia grin wide about their upcoming smile makeover. For more information on sedation dentistry and how it makes each trip to the dentist that much easier, give Dr. Posey's office a call today at (559) 227-6755 for full dental relief right here in Fresno, CA!

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
May 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health

In dentistry (as well as other branches of medicine) pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread than ever — but some people aren’t yet familiar with this beneficial therapy. Conscious sedation can remove anxiety and produce a feeling of calm and relaxation during dental treatment; however, unlike general anesthesia, it doesn’t cause the loss of consciousness. That means patients can still breathe normally and can respond to certain stimuli, while feelings of pain and anxiety are blocked.

Conscious sedation is often employed for invasive procedures such as tooth extractions or root canals — which cause some people a great deal of apprehension, no matter what their age. It can be especially useful for children, however, who may have a more limited ability to understand (and cooperate with) their dental treatment. Because the medications are commonly administered orally (by mouth), there’s no needle to provoke fear. And when it’s over, there is usually little or no memory of the procedure that was done.

Pediatric conscious sedation is typically administered in an office setting by a dentist with special qualifications. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have jointly established criteria for its use. Specialized training and continuing education are part of the qualification process; additionally, the dental office must be equipped with advanced life-support equipment and trained staff, who can help in the unlikely case of an emergency.

While your child is receiving conscious sedation, he or she will be monitored by a designated staff member who keeps a close watch on vital signs like blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse rate and respiration. This helps to ensure that the level of sedation remains safe, yet effective. When the procedure is over, the medications wear off quickly; however, children will certainly need a ride home, and shouldn’t return to school until the next day.

As new medications are developed, more dentists receive special training, and the cost of associated equipment becomes more reasonable, the practice of pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread. For many kids, it could mean the difference between having fearful childhood memories of the dental office that linger on through life — and remembering almost nothing at all.

If your child has dental anxiety or requires invasive procedures, pediatric conscious sedation may be a good option for you to consider. For more information, call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”

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