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The Basics of Sedation Dentistry

Anytime you come into a dentist’s office, you should be treated respectfully and with the least amount of discomfort or pain possible. Sedation dentists in Arlington Heights (like us at Kakos Smiles) undergo many years of training to ensure that patients are properly sedated. That means only using sedation when it’s absolutely necessary, using the right kind of sedation, and carefully monitoring patients that are anesthetized.

So that you can feel more comfortable and confident about visiting a sedation dentist in Arlington Heights, we put together this post which outlines the basic of sedation dentistry.

To Sedate or Not to Sedate?

It’s important to note that not all procedures require sedation. In fact, the majority of dental problems can be solved with only the use of local anesthesia. The scenarios where sedation dentistry is needed is during more complex cases. For example, patients with special needs, anxiety, or small children may require sedation so that a procedure can be done as safely as possible.

Also, complex dental procedures, such as wisdom tooth extraction, often require the use of sedation. Ultimately, the choice to use sedation should be weighed carefully under the advice of a sedation dentist in Arlington Heights.

Different Types of Anesthesia for Sedation

It may differ depending on the dental office that you go to, but there are generally several types of anesthesia that dentists use. This includes nitrous oxide, IV, general anesthesia, or oral sedation.

Nitrous oxide is what’s commonly known as “laughing gas.” Patients inhale nitrous oxide through a rubber mask and it helps to manage anxiety and pain. IV or, intravenous sedation requires an injection directly into the patient’s vein—this is only used for very complicated dental procedures.

General anesthesia is administered through injection or gas. Under general anesthesia, you will be unconscious, you won’t remember anything, and you’ll be immobile. Finally, with oral sedation, you take a pill that produces a relaxed, calm state.

Kakos Smiles: Sedation Dentist for Arlington Heights

At Kakos Smiles, as any dentist should, we take sedation dentistry very seriously. In fact, we collaborate with Dr. Zak Messieha who is an expert in anesthesiology and pain anxiety control. If you’d like to learn more about him and how he helps us provide you with the safest anesthesia care available, read our page on sedation dentistry.

Do you still have questions about sedation dentistry? Pick up the phone and call (847)758-0100.