Should I be Put to Sleep for Dental Treatment: How to Decide

How to Decide?

Answer the following questions:

  1. On a scale or 1 to 10 you are a 10 afraid of the dentist?
  2. You have’t been to the dentist in a while and needs lots of work including several teeth extractions?
  3. You need to remove all four of your wisdom teeth?
  4. You want to replace all of your teeth with dental implants?
  5. Do you have a child you are considering to be placed to sleep who needs multiple teeth extractions or baby root canals and your child is afraid of the dentist?
  6. You can afford an extra thousand dollars to be placed to sleep or have dental insurance that covers the anesthesia?
  7. You know of a good dentist or oral surgeon who can put you to sleep and offer you the treatment you need?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions then you can consider being put to sleep if you’d like. Deep sedation is still a good option for the most difficult and invasive procedures especially the tougher oral surgery procedures. It should be considered when removing multiple impacted wisdom teeth at the same time, placing full mouth implants or other complicated dental surgeries such as lateral sinus lift or autogenous bone graft. Also if you haven’t been to the dentist and haven’t been taking care of your teeth and now you need multiple broken teeth fragments removed then deep sedation could be helpful, although not necessary if you go to a skilled oral surgeon or a dentist with extensive experience in tooth extraction.

If you  answered “no” to the above questions then you should go and talk to your dentist to see what other options are available to soothe your nerves other than being placed to sleep.

Final Thought

Because deep sedation requires a lot of preparation and comes with higher risks and costs it is best reserved for the most difficult dental procedures rather than for routine ones. So unless you need lots of work done or require some very difficult treatments, you are probably better off either toughing it out or looking into alternative options such as nitrous oxide gas or anti-anxiety pre-medication. These offer you a lower level of sedation which could prove quite effective but at a much lower cost and with far fewer risks.

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