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Do you need dental work done, but are worried about how much it may hurt? Sedation dentistry may be for you. Sleep dentistry offers all the benefits of the dental care that you need, without the excessive pain that may come with it. Dr. Nidhi Sikka offers sedation dentistry at her practice, Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, to provide you with a relaxed, calm experience.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a procedure that allows the dentist to work on the patient while the patient is under anesthesia. This method is suitable for those who have high anxiety concerning dental procedures, have very sensitive tissues, and move around in the chair.
Am I going to be overmedicated?
Your dentist will be able to discuss with you what your concerns are and adjust the pain management plan according to them. Some patients require only laughing gas which wears off and there are no major side effects after the procedure. Other individuals may require general anesthesia and need assistance getting home. Your dentist is your ally in figuring out what works for you.
I don’t like needles. Can I still be placed under sedation?
Yes, you can still receive sedation. The dentist will decide on some other form of administration to help you remain at ease during the procedure. Taking a few breaths before getting your work done also helps foster relaxation.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Because you are calm, a procedure that might have taken a while to complete will have felt like it only took minutes to perform. While you are sedated, there is a lack of tension that may prevent the dentist from reaching into areas that may be hard to clean or otherwise work on.
If sleep dentistry sounds right for you, contact Dr. Sikka at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA. Reach out to us at (408) 259-1280 to set up an appointment. See you soon!
Dental appointments can cause stress and anxiety for some patients but tend to be especially challenging for those with special needs. Certain types of underlying health conditions or disabilities can make it more difficult for patients to tolerate dental work. Special needs dentistry utilizes various methods to help patients relax and feel calm while undergoing dental procedures. Dr. Nidhi Sikka and the dental team at Sikka Dental in San Jose are experienced providers of special needs dentistry.
Special Needs Dentistry
Having special needs can potentially interfere with a patient’s ability to undergo essential or dental work. Even a routine checkup with teeth cleaning can be challenging. For some patients, the experience can cause extensive stress and anxiety. For others, a dental setting can cause physical discomfort due to a health condition. For example, patients with asthma could potentially experience difficulty breathing during a dental exam. Special needs dentistry makes it possible for anyone to receive the essential dental care they need for optimal oral health.
At our family dental practice in San Jose, we specialize in special needs dentistry. Our team of dental professionals, led by Dr. Sikka, has the skills, training, and experience to deliver exceptional oral health services to all types of patients, including those with special needs. We can accommodate a wide range of individual needs and always treat all our patients in a friendly, gentle, sensitive, and caring manner.
Special needs dentistry can benefit patients with various conditions or concerns, including:
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Mental challenges
- Dental anxiety
Hospital and Sedation Dentistry
Depending on the specific needs of the patient, either hospital or sedation dentistry methods can be incorporated as part of special needs dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to reduce anxiety and help patients relax during dental procedures. Different types of sedatives can be used, such as a nitrous oxide or laughing gas. For some patients, full IV sedation is the best option.
Hospital dentistry involves performing dental work in a hospital setting where it is possible to utilize greater sedation options so that patients can sleep through their procedures. Hospital dentistry can benefit patients with severe dental anxiety who need extensive dental work, as well as patients with certain disabilities, behavioral disorders, or other conditions.
Our skilled and nurturing dental team can accommodate patients with a board range of special needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sikka for special needs dentistry, call Sikka Dental in San Jose at (408) 259-1280.
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.
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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.