What is Sedation Dentistry?

It has become very popular for dental practices to market the terms sedation and sleep dentistry. Sedation or sleep dentistry have different meanings to dentists and patients.

Most patients do not know that there are different levels of training that dentists are legally required to obtain in order to provide basic to advanced levels of sedation and anesthesia. Dentists can provide oral sedation (pills), conscious sedation (intravenous medications), or general anesthesia (true sleep) provided they are properly trained and licensed.

Only a few select dentists in this country are advanced trained and licensed to provide complete anesthesia. Our patients will not respond or recall even the most noxious procedures.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a great solution for those that are mildly anxious. This is achieved with a combination of pills and nitrous oxide. These oral medications are only effective in individuals that are mildly anxious. Very anxious or phobic patients never achieve their desired level of comfort. Oral sedation can actually make an anxious patient more uncooperative.

General Anesthesia

This is the only anesthetic state where the patient can be considered COMPLETELY ASLEEP. Throughout the nation, only a very small number of dentists have residency training, knowledge, and a license to provide patients with general anesthesia. Medications can be administered intravenously or through gases inhalational agents. Patients are asleep, amnesic and stress free during procedures. Imagine having a root canal and you never feel, hear or remember anything!

Dentists must complete a residency in anesthesiology and pass periodic on site inspections to receive a permit to administer general anesthesia.

As a Dental Anesthesiologist, Dr. Fasbinder is suited to take care of all your anesthesia needs. In addition, Dr. Cohen utilizes Advanced Specialty Anesthesia to provide anesthesia options for patients in our office.

Please visit ASASleep.com to learn more about their services.

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