Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedative medications during dental treatment to help patients relax and feel comfortable. Dentists provide sedation as a method of pain control, relaxation, and anxiety relief. The sedation medication relaxes the patient, allowing the dentist to perform multiple procedures without the patient experiencing pain or discomfort. Dental sedation can help patients get the dental care they need without anxiety or pain.
Types of Sedation
- Oral sedation
Oral sedation is a type of dental sedation that involves taking a pill or liquid medication one hour before your dental procedure. Oral sedation can help patients feel relaxed during dental procedures. However, patients can still respond to commands.
- Nitrous oxide sedation
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is an odorless gas that is mixed with oxygen. A nose hood is placed over the nose, and the patient breathes normally. The gas is inhaled and enters the bloodstream, and the patient may feel relaxed or even euphoric. The patient is conscious and able to respond to the dentist in Garland, TX. Nitrous oxide sedation has quite a few advantages that make it a great choice for many patients. First, it’s fast acting, and its effects wear off in just a few minutes. It’s also a non-addictive, non-narcotic sedative, so it won’t make you drowsy or groggy after your appointment. Finally, it’s safe for use in both children and adults, and your dentist can administer it right in the dental office.
- Intravenous sedation
Intravenous sedation, also known as IV sedation, is a moderate type of sedation. The dentist will administer the sedative intravenously (through an IV). The sedative drug used will vary based on your specific needs and your health. The dosage will be administered slowly, so you can relax during the procedure. The sedative will make you drowsy, but you will be awake. You will not likely remember much of it.
- General anesthesia
Your dentist may recommend sedation dentistry if you have anxiety or a strong gag reflex. General anesthesia will allow you to sleep through the entire procedure. It’s offered at some dental offices, but not all.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can help patients relax during any dental procedure. But sedation isn’t just for relaxation. It’s also helpful for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have a sensitive gag reflex that may prevent them from receiving dental work.
Sedation dentistry can also help patients who need extensive dental work but are nervous about the procedure.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
Sedation dentistry can be right for you if you:
- Are afraid of the dentist.
- Have severe dental phobia.
- Have trouble sitting still for long periods of time.
- Can’t stand the thought of sitting in a dental chair.
- Have trouble getting numb.
- Have sensitive teeth.
- Need multiple procedures in one visit.
To learn more about the dental services offered by Choice Dental Associates, call us at (972) 530-7374 or schedule an appointment online.