Does your heart start pounding at the thought of a dental visit? Have you put off your regular visits for years because you are nervous about treatment? If so, you may be a candidate for dental sedation. Dr. David Eshom of San Diego offers four types of sedation for varying levels of anxiety.
Even if you do not suffer from dental phobia, you may benefit from these medications. For example, they can be very helpful if you are preparing for a more extensive procedure, such as implant surgery.
Dr. Eshom will evaluate your needs and personal preferences to determine the right type of sedation for you. He also works with an anesthesiologist to ensure your safety and wellbeing.
Compassionate Care for Anxious Patients
Dental anxiety can take a huge toll on your life. Every time you visit the dentist, you may experience an elevated heart rate, spinning thoughts, insomnia, and/or shortness of breath.
Sedation can give you peace of mind, allowing you to relax as you receive the care you need. Dr. Eshom understands that dental anxiety is not your fault. He offers non-judgmental treatment, focused on your comfort and overall wellbeing.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is one of the most common forms of sedation. The odorless, colorless gas will not put you to sleep. Rather, it will induce feelings of deep relaxation.
You may even feel slightly euphoric and giggly, and there may be a tingling or warming sensation in your limbs. Nitrous oxide offers a number of benefits. First, you will be able to answer questions during your treatment.
Second, your practitioner can adjust the level of medication you receive during the procedure. In addition, nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you can usually drive yourself home from your appointment. Finally, gentle laughing gas is suitable for patients of all ages.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral medications can provide mild to moderate sedation, depending on your needs. Dr. Eshom will provide a prescription for anti-anxiety pills, which you will take at home prior to your treatment.
You may take an additional dose when you come into our office. The medications can have different effects, depending on the amount you take. In some cases, they may simply take the edge off of your nerves. If you take a larger dose, it can induce a twilight sleep.
In this state, you will be able to answer questions, but you will not really be aware of what is going on during your treatment. Oral conscious sedation will leave your body slowly. Therefore, you should find someone to drive you home from your appointment, even if you take a smaller dose.
IV sedation is another option that will induce a twilight sleep. Dr. Eshom works with an experienced anesthesiologist to ensure your safety throughout your entire visit.
This specialist will deliver stronger sedatives directly into your blood stream. IV sedation will take effect more quickly than oral medications, and it will typically induce a deeper twilight sleep.
One of the biggest benefits of IV sedation is that Dr. Eshom can adjust the level of medication during your treatment. That way, you will stay safe and comfortable throughout the entire procedure. As with oral conscious sedation, you should arrange for a ride home from your appointment.
We can also use IV sedation to administer general anesthesia. With higher dosages of medication, you will remain completely asleep through the duration of your treatment. Your anesthesiologist will monitor your heart rate and blood pressure during your procedure.
Then he or she can reduce the amount of medication, if needed. General anesthesia involves more risks than other types of sedation. Therefore, we typically reserve it for the most anxious patients.
Rest assured, however, that when you receive anesthesia at our practice, you will be in experienced, skilled hands. Risks will be minimal.
The Benefits of Dental Sedation
If you have an intense fear of the dentist, you may have neglected your routine visits for years. Now you may have widespread decay, gum disease, and other problems.
Dental sedation will allow you to receive the care you need without undue stress. You may also find it much easier to schedule follow-up visits and biannual appointments.
Additionally, thanks to our various sedation options, you can undergo implant placement, tooth extractions, and similar procedures with minimal discomfort.
Dr. Eshom is highly experienced with sedation dentistry, and he works with some top-notch anesthesiologists. You will remain safe, comfortable, and calm throughout your time at our practice.
Enjoy Our Safe, Effective Sedation Today
Contact our office today to learn more about dental sedation and how it can benefit you. Or, call us today at 858-455-9151.