Sedation Dentistry

Dental Center of Lakewood -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Dental Center of Lakewood

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Lakewood, Dallas, TX

Many patients experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. For some of these patients, even non-invasive procedures like dental cleanings can invoke unwanted anxiety. Dr. Spillman and his staff at Dental Center of Lakewood in Dallas, Texas, know that this anxiety, when not address appropriately, can prevent patients from seeking the care they need. Sedation dentistry is offered to comfort and relax patients while they receive important dental care. If you’re living in the Dallas, Texas or Lakewood area and want to find out if sedation dentistry is a fit for you, contact Dental Center of Lakewood today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is used to relax patients and help them remain calm during a dental procedure. Various degrees of sedation are available that allow you to achieve the level of comfort you desire, including:

  • General anesthesia, where you’re fully asleep and unconscious
  • Deep sedation, where you’re asleep but can be awakened if the need arises
  • Moderate sedation, where you’re partially asleep to the point where your memory isn't clear or you have difficulty speaking
  • Minimal sedation, where you’re fully awake but very relaxed and calm

At the Dental Center of Lakewood, the professional staff can use various levels of sedation to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps patients who suffer from anxiety, panic disorder, or a general uneasiness when visiting a dental office get through their appointment without a hitch.

With varying degrees of sedation available, the staff at the Dental Center of Lakewood can evaluate your needs and provide the appropriate level of sedation for your case. Small children may only require minimal sedation, while a teen with hyperactivity disorder may need to be fully sedated. Sedation is also beneficial if the procedure being performed will last for an extended period of time.

In addition to people with emotional interferences, sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:

  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Have trouble sitting still
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed

When is sedation needed?

Patients who have difficulty remaining still for long periods of time may be offered sedation to keep them relaxed and comfortable during their procedure. The staff at Dental Center of Lakewood will discuss sedation with their patients if they believe it will help to make them more comfortable.

Are there risks involved in sedation dentistry?

There’s always some degree of risk whenever anesthesia is involved. Its use is generally safe when administered by an experienced dentist. People who are obese or have obstructive sleep apnea are advised to discuss with their dentist whether anesthesia is suitable for them. It’s also always smart to confirm that your dentist is thoroughly trained and qualified to administer the type of sedation you’ll be receiving.