Most people are a little nervous about going to the dentist. Whether it is due to a bad childhood experience, a fear of needles, or simply because dental procedures are unfamiliar, dental phobias are very common. Many people avoid going to the dentist for years at a time because they are afraid of uncomfortable procedures or the pain that is often associated with dental visits. If you have dental anxiety, you’re not alone. Many patients feel nervous about visiting the dentist, and sedation dentistry can help. It can help you relax or sleep through your treatment if you find it difficult to sit still in the dental chair due to fear.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can benefit anyone who feels anxious about their dental treatments. From mild anxiety to severe dental phobia, sedation dentistry can help.
With sedation dentistry, you can receive dental treatments comfortably, without worry or fear. Sedation dentistry is also great for patients who require extensive dental treatments, those with a sensitive gag reflex, or who have difficulty sitting still.
Types of Dental Sedation
There are many different types of dental sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Each type of sedation has its own advantages, and patients can discuss these options with the dentist to determine which one is best.
Your sedation dentist may offer the following types of sedation:
- Oral sedation
Oral sedation refers to the use of oral medication to produce feelings of relaxation or sleepiness. Oral sedation is often prescribed to patients who are extremely anxious about their dental treatment. While oral sedation is safe and effective, patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after their treatment.
- Inhalation sedation or Nitrous oxide
Inhalation sedation is the gas form of sedation. The patient breathes in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask, and the gas takes effect within moments. The patient is conscious but in a deep state of relaxation or euphoria. The effects wear off quickly, so the patient is able to return home without someone accompanying them.
- Intravenous sedation
Intravenous (IV) sedation involves the administration of medication through an IV. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will administer the medication and closely monitor the patient throughout the procedure. Some types of IV sedation can take just a few minutes to take effect, while others require several hours to take effect. Some types of IV sedation can be reversed, while others are not.
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