Expert Sedation Dentistry Near Royal Oak MI
What Dental Procedures Require Sedation at Michigan OMS?
It's often assumed that pain and dentistry go hand in hand. Many people also believe that this is where the phrase "like pulling teeth" originated, but with modern sedatives and anesthetics, there's no reason that you should feel high levels of pain during even complex dental procedures. Michigan OMS invests in the newest oral sedation dentistry techniques.
Sedation Dentistry: What is it? Why is it different than normal dentistry?
Sedation dentistry takes advantage of pain medications that minimize discomfort during your procedure. There are different levels of sedation dentistry, namely:
- 1. Minimal Sedation - This procedure involves mildly numbing your body. It leaves you awake and aware of what is happening and makes it easier to relax. It also can reduce the pain you feel from the procedure.
- 2. Moderate Sedation - This form of sedation dentistry makes you less conscious of what is happening to you, though it does not render you fully unconscious. Not only does it prevent you from feeling pain, but it also makes you less likely to remember the procedure afterwards.
- 3. Deep Sedation - This type of sedation leaves you between consciousness and sleep. It may cause you to fall asleep, though not so deeply that we can't awaken you if necessary.
- 4. General Anesthesia - This option makes you lose consciousness completely; you will not regain it until the anesthetic wears off.
We use different levels of sedation for procedures that cause different degrees of discomfort, so whatever surgery or dental service you're receiving will determine the sedation approach that's most appropriate.
In addition to the benefit of causing less pain for the patient, sedation dentistry has a number of other advantages over traditional dental procedures, including:
- Calming Gag Reflexes - If you have a very strong gag reflex, it can get in the way of the dentist. Sedation calms this reflex and allows us to complete your dental work without issue.
- Limiting Movement - Some patients, especially children, have trouble sitting still while we work on them. Sedation dentistry prevents them from moving, preventing them from interrupting the dental procedure.
- Allowing for More Work - For patients with very severe dental problems, it is often necessary to do large amounts of work in one sitting. Sedative dentistry allows us to do all this work without overwhelming them with pain or discomfort.
Before performing sedation dentistry, Michigan OMS reviews your health history and makes sure it is safe and appropriate for you. For more information on our dental procedures, visit one of our conveniently-located offices near you!