Sedation dentistry is a way of preparing a patient for dental treatment that makes it easier for the patient to feel comfortable and relaxed. If you find yourself overly anxious or even panicky when you visit the dentist, this approach to dental work can be very helpful. It is not necessary to have an IV or an injection to take advantage of this technique.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry doesn’t require an IV or an injection. In fact, the most common approaches to sedation during dental treatment use an oral sedative or nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. You’ll be given the sedative a short time before your appointment is scheduled so it will have time to take effect. After your appointment is over, you might still feel sedated, so it’s important to have a ride prepared to take you safely home.
With nitrous oxide, the sedative is administered as soon as your work begins. Afterwards, it will wear off fairly quickly. However, if you have any doubts about your condition after your dental work or oral surgery, have someone take you home so you won’t have to drive.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is most often used in conjunction with restorations such as fillings or crowns or with oral surgery. It is combined with local anesthetic for your maximum comfort. Your oral surgeon or dentist can perform procedures just with local anesthetic, but if you prefer, sedation can help you remain calmer and more comfortable.
While you’re under sedation, you’ll be completely relaxed. Most people report that time seems to go by more quickly. This means it can be easier for your dentist to perform several restorations, if necessary, without your becoming overly anxious or uncomfortable. Your level of relaxation also makes it easier for the dentist or surgeon to work, so he’ll be able to finish his work more quickly. This can be particularly helpful if you’ve put off having dental work because of your anxiety about going to a dentist or oral surgeon.
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