Are you fearful of going to the dentist? Does the intense fear or anxiety keep you from seeing the dentist on a regular, six-month basis? If so, our dentists who offer sedation dentistry may be able to help.
So, if you find yourself with sweaty palms while driving to your dentist appointment, we encourage you to continue reading!
Nitrous oxide is also referred to as “inhalation sedation” or “laughing gas.”
It is the most common form of sedation, and is used in approximately one-third of dental offices in the country.
Laughing gas is the lightest form of sedation, so after you inhale the nitrous oxide (a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide gas), you will feel relaxed after approximately 2-3 minutes.
Patients will not be “put to sleep,” but rather will be in a relaxed state throughout the appointment.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
This sedation method typically comes in a pill format without the need for needles or an IV.
Patients usually take the prescribed medication a few hours before their appointment, as directed by our dentists.
Oral conscious sedation is safe and is great for patients who exhibit light to moderate dental anxiety and fears.
IV sedation requires the patient to receive an IV containing the sedative medication.
When choosing IV sedation, patients feel extremely relaxed, and some may even fall asleep during their appointment because of how relaxed they become!
If a patient undergoes IV sedation, our dentists can perform more than one dental procedure during that one, single appointment. This fact alone saves patients money and time in the long run since multiple appointments may not be necessary.
IV sedation is great for patients who have high anxiety or who are very fearful of being at the dentist.
WHICH TYPE OF SEDATION WILL BE CHOSEN?
The sedation method is chosen based on your level of anxiety or fear rather than the type of service needed. For instance, if a patient needs a root canal, he or she will not automatically receive IV sedation. Instead, our dentists will evaluate how anxious or fearful the patient seems, while also weighing certain characteristics of the procedure (how long the procedure will take, level of discomfort expected, and the like).
WHO TYPICALLY RECEIVES SEDATION?
In general, patients who experience any of the following can benefit from the three forms of dental sedation:
Have a sensitive or hyperactive gag reflex
Have light, moderate, or high dental anxiety
Have dental fears or dental phobias (fear of the dentist, fear of needles, fear of embarrassment, fear of losing control)
Want an alternative or enhancement to local anesthesia
Want to be relaxed and anxiety-free for their dental appointment, but not be “put to sleep”
Need to have stressful, long, invasive treatments, including dental implants placement, gum surgery, root canals, or wisdom tooth extractions
CHOOSING SEDATION FOR YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT
If you or a family member are interested in learning more about sedation, or would like sedation for your next appointment, you can schedule your consultation. Dr. Leo Yelizarov and his team atsedation-dentistry Jones Bridge Dental Care want you to experience a relaxing, anxiety-free dental appointment, no matter which dental service you need.