Our compassionate and caring experts provide sedation dentistry in High Point for patients who have dental phobias, or who may have normal anxieties about long or painful dental procedures. With five levels of sedation available—ranging from low key relaxation techniques all the way up to general anesthesia—we’ve got a solution to fit every patient’s needs. If you’ve been curious about how sedation dentistry can help you maintain or restore your oral health, reach out to us today!
Five Levels of Sedation Dentistry Available at Our High Point Office
Whether you need a little bit of help relaxing or a higher level IV sedation treatment, we’ve got the right solution for you!
Level 1 Sedation
Level One Sedation uses introductory level sedation techniques to make the patient feel more comfortable. These techniques may include hypnosis, use of hard- and soft -tissue lasers, warming of the local anesthetics, or using small pediatric needles to start all injections. Members of your care team will speak to you in a calm and soothing voice to avoid sparking anxiety.
Level 2 Sedation
Level Two Sedationinvolves adding nitrous oxide to decrease the patient’s apprehension. With Level Two, we will also use local anesthesia as needed.
Level 3 Sedation
Level Three Sedationincorporates anti-anxiety or relaxation medications given to patients intra-orally (by mouth) before treatment. This allows many patients go through treatment in a more relaxed state. With Level Three Sedation, we monitor the patients’ pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure throughout the procedure.
Level 4 Sedation
Level Four Sedationtreatment–also known as IV Sedation Dentistry—involves adding intravenous (by vein) sedation medication to produce a mild conscious sedation state. The patient can maintain his or her airway and respond to stimuli, thus minimizing the possibility of low oxygen levels and cardiac events. We monitor the patient’s pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure closely, and use a capnography machine to monitor their oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
Level 5 Sedation
Level Five Sedation is the only level of sedation we do not perform in our office. In this scenario, dental treatment is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting, monitored by an anesthesiologist.