Dental anxiety is a very real concern for many people. This fear may prevent someone from getting the dental treatments they need. This can lead to serious dental issues. Many patients choose sedation dentistry because it offers a comfortable and stress-free experience during their dental appointments. Here are the most common types of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is often used for patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety during dental procedures. This mild sedative is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. When given in small doses and combined with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide can help patients relax while remaining conscious and responsive throughout their appointment.
Although effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once the mask is removed, patients with certain medical conditions may require assistance driving home after the procedure. Once the effects of nitrous oxide wear off, most patients report feeling back to normal shortly after treatment is complete. Individuals who are interested in using laughing gas can discuss the option with their dentist during their consultation visit.
Oral conscious sedation is usually administered in pill form about an hour prior to an appointment. The pills contain an anti-anxiety medication that wears off once the treatment is complete. Other medications may also be prescribed prior to the appointment to help prevent nausea or vomiting from developing. It usually takes approximately an hour for the medications to take effect. The effects of oral conscious sedation may last for several hours after treatment has been finished. Many patients have little to no memory of the treatment once it’s over. With that said, it’s important to make sure that a responsible person is able to drive the patient home after the appointment.
IV sedation dentistry is a safe and effective method for helping patients relax during dental procedures. When an IV is placed, the medication is delivered directly into the bloodstream for maximum effect. Many patients are surprised at how comfortable they feel during and after their treatment when they’ve had IV sedation. Unlike nitrous oxide or oral sedatives, you remain awake and aware with IV sedation dentistry. However, you’ll feel deeply relaxed and may even fall asleep while the treatment is being performed. When your procedure is complete, your driving abilities will not be impaired, and you’ll be able to safely return home. Note that you’ll need to have a friend or family member bring you home after the procedure as you’ll have limited ability to drive yourself.
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