[Video] The benefits of sedation dentistry
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Have you been thinking many times whether going or not to a dentist? Fear, anxiety and all the stress are normal, but dentists have their own thoughts about it, How do I calm the patient down? How can I work relaxed? How to make the patient trust? The solution is sedation dentistry. A procedure with pharmacological agents that act over the central nervous system reducing all those depressing feelings delivering the perfect mental state so the dentist can perform the proper dental care according to the patient needs.
Hi there, I’m Dr. Peter Yoo and I’m the tooth doctor right, now I’m just going to talk a little about sedation dentistry.
You know they say about what 40 percent of the population has a fear of dentists and you know it’s common. I remember the first time I had to go to a dentist’s with a rotten tooth and yeah it was a little bit nerve-wracking.
So you know in our office we do provide sedation, you know there’s various types, there’s
- The general where you get put under and so you don’t remember anything, I think when I got my wisdom teeth out, I was passed out woke up and -sorry to describe this a little bit- but I woke up in the bed got up couldn’t see anything because I had all this gauze in my mouth I could see the nurse across the room and I was like “erurhru” (trying to talk with my mouth full) and then I pulled the gauze out and you know what’s on there and I’m just like I’m looking around for a garbage and I’m like “hmm I don’t know where to put it” so I put it back in my mouth -so sorry to describe that -but just a funny moment in my life.
- And my mentor dentist, he does IV sedation so they give you know, they give you a poke in the arm and give you the medication to put you under and again same thing you’re unconscious so to be specific there’s Unconscious sedation.
- And then there’s more of a Conscious sedation, which is what we do. The reason I’ve gone with that is because of the comfort and ease. My very first patient I had to do oral sedation, he had five fillings to do we fixed for him and the fifth one that was too deep and needed a root canal. So in the end I finished him I put a temporary filling on that tooth and he sat up and I said “you know what boss? You need a root canal in the back tooth I’m gonna leave the little note in your wallet” and he’s like “no no I’ll remember it” I was like no trust me so he left the office at 10:00. Got home and got a call at 1 o’clock 3 hours later it’s like “doc I took a nap and I woke up get ready to do a few things and I look at my wallet and I see this note about needing a root canal what’s this about?” I was like “I told you this at 10:00”. I don’t remember he said. Got a call again later that night at around 6 p.m.. Again he must have gone home take another nap and forgot about it and even the next day he woke up in the morning saw the note in his wallet and called me a third time.
It’s common, and that’s what oral sedation does. We give you some medication to take, we actually crush them up and put it under your tongue so it gets into your system a lot faster and easier and what it does is, it helps you to calm down and a good thing about it is.
It helps with, you know, what amnesia is you know when you don’t remember things, that’s what the medication does, so I’ve had a number of patients would take out teeth or we do you know do you know some longer procedures and we call them next day or two days later just see how they’re doing, and they literally say “I remember walking in but I don’t remember walking out”, sometimes they wake up in the morning the next day wondering why are they in their bed and not in the dental chair, so which is kind of amusing to note.
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