Sedation dentistry is an approach to dental work that allows patients with dental phobia to easily receive the care they need. Sedation removes all stress and anxiety, allowing you to have your dental work performed in complete comfort. Some types of sedation require some recovery time for the sedatives to leave your system.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
If you choose to have your dental work or oral surgery performed with sedation dentistry, you and your dentist will decide on the best approach for you. Typically, sedation is provided by:
- An oral sedative, usually Valium
- Nitrous oxide
- Intravenous sedation
These are all effective forms of sedation. The choice of which to use depends upon your personal preference as well as that of your dentist.
If you take an oral sedative, it will take some time to take effect. After your procedure, it will take some time for the sedative to wear off. You’ll need to wait for it to take effect before your procedure begins. After the procedure is over, you’ll also need to wait for it to wear off. For your own safety and convenience, it’s best if you arrange to have someone take you to and from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation are less likely to have long-term aftereffects, but if you are uncomfortable with the idea of driving home after your dental work or surgery is complete, you should arrange for transportation.
When is Sedation Dentistry Used?
Sedation dentistry can be used for any dental procedure, but is also often used as a supplement to local anesthesia for restoration work or oral surgery. It is particularly helpful for those who experience dental phobia, or an extreme fear of visiting the dentist. While you are sedated, you’ll be completely relaxed and comfortable. Sedation makes time seem to go faster, so your visit to the dentist will be over before you know it. Next time you see your dentist, be sure to ask about sedation to make your dental work or surgery as easy as possible.
Contact our oral surgery team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery for more information about sedation dentistry today.