Do you avoid going to the dentist because you are afraid? Don’t let your fears prevent you from getting the necessary routine dental care that is necessary. Today sedation dentistry can provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for those with “dental phobia”. It is the use of medication to help you relax during a dental procedure. The types of sedation dentistry used are explained here.
Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed sedative pill by mouth. This type of sedation leaves you awake for the procedure, but significantly relaxes you. You will feel sleepy, so someone will have to drive you home from the dentist.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask placed over the nose. It is the lightest of the sedation options and provides a mild euphoric feeling. It wears off quickly and patients usually have some memory of their dental session. Patients can usually drive themselves home after the procedure.
This type of sedation is administered through a vein and works quickly. The dentist can adjust the level of sedation continually. Twilight IV sedation is where you are conscious, but not aware of your surroundings. You feel sleepy and may not remember the procedure. It is possible to wake you up if needed.
Another IV sedation option is general anesthesia, but this isn’t a common option. This is for patients that need significant oral surgery, or who are resistant to other types of sedation. You must be in a hospital or specialized clinic with an anesthesiologist administering the sedative and monitoring your vital signs. The patient is totally unconscious and will have no memory of the procedure.
Sedation dentistry enables patients to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need. Call New Town Dentistry for the best way to overcome your dental fears.