What Is Sedation Dentistry?
If you find yourself afraid to even schedule important dental appointments and procedures, sedation dentistry might be right for you. This is a safe procedure that puts patients at ease. It works well for those who have high anxiety, low pain tolerance, or sensitive teeth.
The treatment option is available for all types of procedures. Some people find they need it to tolerate dental cleanings, while others only find it necessary for more invasive procedures such as root canals and extractions.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
If you experience any of the following, you should consult with your dentist to find out if sedation is right for you:
- You avoid making important dental appointments out of fear
- You experienced a traumatic dental experience
- You have a severe gag reflex
- You are afraid of needles
- You have sensitive teeth or a low pain tolerance that makes dental procedures difficult
- You have a hard time getting numb
- You have negative feelings about the noises, smells, and tastes associated with the dentist
The sedation will be administered before the procedure begins, and you will notice a feeling of ease wash over your body. During the procedure, the dentist and dental team will closely monitor your safety. Afterward, you will feel as though you hardly even remember the experience.
Very few people experience side effects, and the few side effects that manifest are not severe. For heavier sedatives, you will want to arrange for someone to drive you home from the office, and the dentist will let you know when it is safe to drive again.
Types of Sedation
There are several types of sedation. Our dentists at Dentrix Dental Care want your maximum comfort and take into careful consideration your personal preference, level of anxiety, and full medical history before prescribing any sedation.
Oral sedatives are a class of drug called benzodiazepines. Anaesthetic will still be required as benzodiazepines only help in reducing anxiety. Oral sedatives range from drugs such as Ativan and Valium, where you will be lucid with reduced anxiety, to Halcion, with which you may experience memory loss of the entire procedure. You will need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure.
IV sedation is administered via a needle intravenously straight to the bloodstream. You will still be awake and able to respond to basic commands, but you will be so relaxed you will hardly remember the procedure once it is over. If you opt for IV sedation, you will need to arrange for a ride home from the procedure. Also, you will want to avoid scheduling anything after the procedure so you can rest.
Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, works as a painkiller and gives a calming, euphoric feeling to patients who experience dental anxiety. A major benefit to nitrous oxide is that it wears off as quickly as it works, and you will be able to drive home after the appointment. Another benefit is that it is administered through a mask placed over the nose, requiring no needles. Unlike oral and IV sedation, nitrous oxide is safe for virtually everyone, even those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Get in Touch Today
Avoiding dental appointments can lead to poor oral health and complications down the line. Luckily, patients who were once afraid of the dentist find it easier and less anxiety-inducing thanks to sedation dentistry. With this treatment, our patients can finally receive the care that they need.
Do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about sedation during a dental procedure. Your comfort and well-being are our top priority. You can call us at 403-289-9908 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.