Sedation Dentistry Park City, UT
Because of past experiences, some people will not go to a dentist and are unable to benefit from proper dentistry because they are afraid. Unfortunately, this can cause serious problems to your dental health. Sedation dentistry enables patients who have fear or anxiety of dental work to be able to take advantage of modern dentistry procedures.
There are several types of anesthesia, ranging from light sedation to general anesthesia. It is common practice to have patients pass from one level of anesthesia to the next through the course of a treatment. The following explains the different types of anesthesia offered by the Summit Anesthesia team:
Light Sedation – Patients’ anxieties are relieved, but they are conscious and able to verbally and physically respond throughout the procedure.
Moderate Sedation – Patients are still conscious and able to respond to verbal commands, but are generally less alert. Most importantly, they won’t remember much, if any, of their dental treatment.
Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia – Patients are in a drug-induced state of unconsciousness, allowing the doctors to work freely. Patients are able to wake quickly following general anesthesia, with no memory of the procedure, and are able to go home following a short recovery period.
Anesthesia can also be beneficial in the:
- Fear or anxiety towards dental treatments
- Complex treatment plans or procedures
- Physical or mental disabilities
- Young children unable to cooperate or lay still
- Fear of shots or needles
- Limited time for multiple dental visits
- Patients with sensitive gag reflexes
- Low pain threshold
- Co-existing medical issues circumstances