Sedation dentistry is a way to remove all the tension and anxiety from any kind of dental work, including oral surgery. Although local anesthetic is often sufficient to remove any discomfort associated with dental work, it doesn’t help reduce anxiety. With sedation, you can relax and experience anxiety-free dental work.
How Does Sedation Work?
Sedation dentistry is not the same as general anesthesia. In dentistry, general anesthesia is reserved for complex oral surgery issues. Most dental work, such as crowns or fillings, can be performed under a local anesthetic. However, some people still become very anxious, even when they know their discomfort will be removed with local anesthetic. For these people, conscious sedation can help them relax and have a worry-free visit to the dentist’s chair or oral surgery office.
While you are sedated, you are completely conscious. If the dentist asks you a question, you’ll be able to answer. When the dentist gives you instructions, you’ll be able to respond. But you’ll be very relaxed, and time will seem to go by more quickly. Some people report that they feel as if they are in a dream-like state while they are under conscious sedation.
Preparing for Sedation Dentistry
If you choose sedation, be sure to ask our dentist what preparations you should make. If the dentist offers a sedative pill, you’ll need to come early so the medication has time to take effect. You’ll also need to arrange for a ride home so the medication has time to wear off. Our dentist might also offer the option of nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation. These methods wear off much more quickly, but if you have any doubts or misgivings, it’s best to have someone drive you home in these cases as well.
If you have delayed necessary dental work or have even avoided going to the dentist at all because of anxiety, talk to us about sedation. With this method, you can have your teeth taken care of with minimal tension and stress.
Call our office at 703-736-1640 to learn more about your sedation dentistry options.