What if I am extremely fearful?
While conscious sedation is an excellent option for the vast majority of patients that suffer from treatment anxiety, in some cases, those who experience extreme fear of dental treatment, dental phobia, would have the option of receiving treatment under general anesthesia, meaning the patient is unconscious during treatment.
This is different from conscious sedation in that the patient is in a heightened relaxed state but is still able to respond to basic commands.
If you believe that you suffer from dental phobia talk to Dr. Huang about whether general anesthesia may be appropriate for you.
So, there are different types or levels of sedation?
Santa Teresa Dental utilizes three levels of sedation as well as nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
It is also known as light sedation. This is the lowest level of sedation and may be appropriate for certain patients.
This is a minimally depressed level of sedation whereby the patient maintains his/her own airway and reflexes, and has the ability to respond to physical and verbal stimuli.
This level of sedation renders a patient unconscious. It is generally known as sleep dentistry.