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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.”
Does going to the dentist make you nervous? Sedation dentistry could help.
If you find that you haven’t been to the dentist in a while because even the thought has you shaking, then you are very likely dealing with dental anxiety or phobia. Many people experience some degree of anxiety surrounding a dental visit, but if it’s keeping you from getting the proper dental care you need, then a solution needs to be found. Fortunately, our San Jose, CA, dentist, Dr. Nidhi Sikka, offers sedation dentistry to patients of all ages.
What is dental sedation?
Sedation refers to a series of techniques that are designed to relax and calm anxious patients. Sedation dentistry comes in different forms and different levels, from mild to deep sedation. The type of sedation that people are most familiar with is “laughing gas”, or nitrous oxide. Through the use of an oxygen/nitrous administering mask, we can help calm nervous patients almost immediately.
Another commonly used form of sedation is anti-anxiety medication. Fr this option, our dentist will provide you with a prescription anti-anxiety pill such as Valium or Xanax, which you will take about one hour before your procedure. What’s great about oral sedation is that we can prescribe different strengths to provide everything from mild to more moderate effects. People with high levels of anxiety, or even those with a true dental phobia, can often benefit the most from oral sedation.
Who is a good candidate for dental sedation?
You may be surprised to hear this but patients of all ages can benefit from sedation, from children to seniors. If you are particularly nervous or anxious when it comes to getting dental treatment, then you could benefit from dental sedation here at our San Jose office.
Interested? Give us a call!
Do you have questions about sedation dentistry? Want to find out if it’s the ideal way to ease your anxiety and worries? If so, don’t hesitate to call Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, today at (408) 259-1280 to let us know what we can do to make your next visit stress-free.
Everyone has a fear about something--snakes, heights, scary movies. For some, it's going to the dentist, and no matter how bad their teeth get, these people can't get the care they deserve. To provide comfort and relaxation, Dr. Nidhi Sikka offers sedation dentistry in her San Jose, CA, office. Sedation dentistry is a real blessing. Learn more about it here.
FAQs about Sedation Dentistry
Why are People Afraid of the Dentist? The Cleveland Clinic reports that up to 15 percent of American adults are so afraid of going to the dentist that they feel panicked and often just won't go. Maybe, they are claustrophobic, gag easily, hate needles or the sounds of the dental office, or have trouble sitting still for long periods of time. Some patients have had bad experiences at other dental offices.
Whatever the cause is, dental phobia prevents people from getting care they need, often resulting in pain, tooth loss, gum disease and more. That's why Dr. Sikka and her team believe sedation dentistry is so important.
What Kinds of Sedation are there? Your San Jose, CA, office offers a wide range of sedation options. So, don't worry. There's one right for you. Local anesthetic is a medicine injected into the areas around the affected teeth that numbs both hard and soft tissue. This medicine is good for cleanings, fillings, crowns, and even tooth replacements such as dental implants.
Sikka Dental also offers IV sedation, administered through a needle in the arm. This medicine allows you to totally relax or even drift off to sleep while you have numerous or complex procedures done, such as multiple extractions. Your vital signs and level of wakefulness will be fully monitored throughout, and you'll wake easily with a gentle shake on the shoulder. Most people who undergo IV sedation don't remember their dental visits afterwards.
Is Sedation Safe? Dr. Sikka will carefully review your medical history. Also, IV sedation is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist for optimal results and safety.
Does the Medication Wear Off Afterwards? Yes, it does, and relatively quickly, too. If you have IV sedation, you'll need a family member or friend to drive you home.
What Procedures need Sedation? It all depends on the individual and the procedure. In general, the more complex a treatment is, more medication is needed. Dr. Sikka will discuss your options with you beforehand, so you're fully informed.
Find Out More
Please don't postpone your dental care because of anxiety. At Sikka Dental, we know we can make you totally comfortable, so you can have a healthy, attractive, well-functioning smile. For a sedation consultation, please contact our San Jose, CA, office at (408) 259-1280.
Find out how sedation dentistry could make your next dental visit stress-free.
Does the idea of visiting the dentist leave you feeling anxious? Not sure when you last visited the dentist because you were scared or nervous? There are many people out there not getting the dental care they need because they are scared of even a simple dental cleaning. Luckily, our San Jose dentist, Dr. Nidhi Sikka, can make your next trip to the dentist’s office a breeze with the help of sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry offers our patients in San Jose, CA, a way to alleviate their anxieties surrounding their upcoming dental visit. By administering sedation, we can promote a calmer and more relaxing experience for our patients. It’s also a good option for those who have difficulty sitting still, have a sensitive gag reflex, or are prone to jaw pain. Sedation dentistry is also safe for patients of all ages, from children to older adults.
What Types of Sedation Dentistry Are Available?
The two most common types of sedation dentistry are oral and inhalation sedation,
Oral sedation is administered by our San Jose, CA, sedation dentist as a prescription-strength anti-anxiety pill that you will take up to one hour prior to your procedure.
- Pros: The level of sedation can be increased based on the severity of your anxiety, as well as the dental procedure you are undergoing, so this medication can be tailored to your experience; doesn’t require needles; you may have little or no memory of the procedure.
- Cons: Takes up to one hour to kick in; effects will linger for hours after your procedure or cleaning, which means that someone will need to drive or escort you home; taking medication can come with certain side effects.
Better known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide provides patients with a breathable form of sedation to help ease their symptoms. This will be administered right before your procedure and may be a great option for those with severe dental phobias or those who can’t take oral sedation.
- Pros: Effects appear almost immediately and wear off once the mask is removed, which means that there are no lingering effects; you may be able to drive yourself home; virtually no side effects.
- Cons: Effects can wear off quicker than with oral sedation.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Are you interested in learning more about sedation dentistry and whether it could be beneficial for your next trip to the dentist? If so, call Sikka Dental's San Jose office today at (408) 259-1280 to let us know that you are interested in what sedation can do for you!
Fear for the dentist is a common and widespread issue affecting many people. However, you do not need to fear your dentist. Sedation dentistry helps you relax in the dental chair, eases your nerves during your procedure, and allows you to get through your appointment without panicking. Find out more about how you could benefit from sedation dentistry with Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry helps patients who have dental anxiety get through their appointment and procedures with ease. The sedation medication is administered orally, via inhalation, or intravenously. Sedation dentistry can also benefit patients who have a low pain threshold, a severe gag reflex, have high teeth sensitivity, are physically unable to remain still while in the dental chair, and those who require a large amount of procedures at once.
Could I benefit from sedation dentistry?
Most people are good candidates for sedation dentistry. However, your dentist will go over your medical and dental histories to ensure that you are a good fit for sedation. Patients with heart conditions, who are taking certain medication, who have certain allergies, or who suffer from certain respiratory conditions may not make good candidates for sedation dentistry. Additionally, those who have a bad reaction to sedation medications should avoid sedation dentistry.
Types of Sedation Dentistry in San Jose, CA
- Local Anesthetic: This is the most common form of pain relief, using injections at the site of the tooth to numb the area before the procedure.
- Mild Sedation: Mild sedation keeps your conscious yet relaxed, easing your tension and allowing you to get through your procedure without anxiety.
- Heavy Sedation: Moderate sedation keeps patients conscious, but causes them to lose most memory of their procedure.
- General Anesthesia: General anesthesia puts a patient to sleep completely during their procedure.
For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Sikka and Dr. Chattha at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA. Call (408) 259-1280 to schedule your appointment for a sedation dentistry consultation with your dentist today!