Patients who are undergoing oral surgery want to have the most comfortable experience possible. For many of them, that means choosing sedation dentistry to achieve a highly relaxed state. Sedation is used in combination with a local anesthetic, which numbs the site of the procedure.
Sedation dentistry can make your surgical procedure seem much less intimidating. The oral surgeon will administer anti-anxiety drugs to help alleviate any nervousness while you’re undergoing surgery.
The sedatives are administered using different methods to give patients more options. Patients may inhale gaseous nitrous oxide through a mask, or they may opt for intravenous sedation. Both methods take place quickly.
Understandably, the medications used in sedation dentistry affect a patient’s state of mind, so patients sometimes express concern over lingering effects and how they will impact the rest of the day after the appointment.
The amount of time before the sedative wears off will vary depending on the sedation method used. Patients who select intravenous sedation will have some grogginess and disorientation after the procedure is completed. For this reason, we ask that our patients who use IV sedation arrange to have someone take them home from the appointment. You should not drive home immediately after the procedure.
Nitrous oxide, on the other hand, loses its effect more quickly.
Sedation dentistry is often considered to be a safer alternative to general anesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious and requires artificial maintenance of the airway.
Although it may feel like you’re asleep, you will actually remain conscious while under sedation. This aspect of sedation dentistry is particularly valuable because the oral surgeon can make requests of the patient, and the patient is able to respond.
Your oral surgeon will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure as an additional safety measure.
Sedation dentistry can help make your upcoming oral surgery a more comfortable experience. Contact our skilled team of oral surgeons today to learn more about this option.