For those who have had difficulties at the dentist, or who experience anxiety in the dental chair, sedation dentistry can provide a solution. Imagine being completely relaxed and comfortable while your restoration work is done, or even during oral surgery. With sedation, all your dental work can be stress-free.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry uses a mild sedative, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation to put you in an extremely relaxed state. It is not the same as general anesthesia, because you remain awake and aware. If our oral surgeon gives you instructions or asks you a question, you’ll be able to respond. However, you’ll feel almost as if you are in a dreamlike state. Time seems to move more quickly, and you will experience no discomfort, stress, or anxiety.
Sedation is usually used in conjunction with local anesthetic for maximum comfort. It can be used for fillings, crowns, root canal procedures, oral surgery, and other dental work that is usually performed with anesthetic. Ask one of our oral surgeons what type of sedation they recommend, and if they feel it would be appropriate for your upcoming dental work.
Preparing for Sedation Dentistry
If you are going to have dental work done with sedation, it is important to know what kind of sedation your oral surgeon will use. If you will be taking a mild sedative, it will take several minutes to take effect, and it will also take some time to wear off once your dental work is done. You should arrange to have someone drop you off and pick you up, since it won’t be advisable for you to drive after your visit.
Nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation wear off much more quickly, so you’ll probably be able to drive yourself home. However, if you feel at all uncomfortable with the idea of driving, arrange for a ride. This way you’ll know you’ll be safe, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about while you’re in the dental chair.
Call Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery to learn more about sedation dentistry.