Sedation dentistry has become a popular option for those wishing to have restoration work or oral surgery performed in comfort. It helps you completely relax during your visit and ensures that you’ll be stress-free no matter what kind of work you need to have done.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
Sedation dentistry can be used in conjunction with local anesthesia to reduce your overall discomfort during dental work or oral surgery. While local anesthesia numbs the area being worked on, sedation helps you feel very relaxed, almost as if you are in a dream state. If you have experienced dental phobias in the past, or if dental anesthesia makes you uncomfortable, sedation can help.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry is very safe. Typically, your dentist or oral surgeon will use a pill, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation during your dental work or surgery. A pill will take a short time to take effect, while nitrous oxide or IV sedation take effect almost immediately. If you have any concerns about the sedation process, discuss them with your dentist.
Can I Drive Home after Sedation?
If you receive oral sedation, you should have someone drive you home, as you will still be groggy after your dental work is done. With IV sedation or nitrous oxide, you will be much more alert, as these methods wear off more quickly. However, it might still be a good idea to get a ride after your dental work if you have any concerns.
What is the Difference between Sedation and General Anesthesia?
During sedation, you will remain conscious and will be able to respond to instructions and questions from your dentist or oral surgeon. General anesthesia renders you unconscious for the duration of your surgery. This kind of anesthesia is rarely necessary for routine dental work, though some more complex procedures might require it. General anesthesia presents several risks, and is generally reserved for situations when it is absolutely necessary. Sedation carries very little risk, and is suitable for a wide range of uses in dentistry.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, call 703-425-5010 to speak with our oral surgery team today.