Sedation dentistry is a technique used by dentists to relax and calm patients for dental procedures. During sedation, patients can expect a very safe, comfortable experience. This type of sedation is perfect for many people, those who feel anxiety over going to the dentist, especially those who get nervous when having dental procedures performed. Because so many people feel this anxiety, more and more dentists are being trained in sedation. Dr. Kristen Ritzau is one of those skilled professionals and frequently uses sedation medications to calm her patients (medications have been subjected to rigorous study and tests, showing no ill side effects).
Dr. Ritzau simply administers the medication by mouth, leaving patients fully alert, able to respond to all questions, but made to feel comfortable. Patients' blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels are monitored during the course of the treatment. Patients will never be left alone while undergoing sedation.
After a patient has been properly sedated, local anesthetic is given, because the sedatives in sedation dentistry do not actually block pain. The local anesthetics are typically needed for a patient's comfort. The dental work is then performed. After the sedative is over, patients will gradually become more alert and their IVs are removed. When they are responsive enough, they are released to go home. A family member or friend will need to drive them home.
Typically, sedation dentistry patients are asked to take it easy, and rest, for the remainder of the day. It's a great reason to settle in, watch some Netflix and just enjoy some time off! Call Dr. Ritzau today to see if sedation dentistry is the right solution to help calm your fears of going to the dentist!