Various sedation options have made the difference for people who suffer from dental anxiety. Too many people avoid the dentist and skip their yearly exams due to fear of the dentist. This fear can be very real and prohibit them from ever taking the steps of preventative dental care. A cavity may not be discovered until it’s in severe pain when you skip regular dental exams. This problem can become a thing of the past when sedation dentistry is used.
Sedation dentistry allows a patient to be completely relaxed during their entire dental visit. Sedation is a great option for those with dental anxiety and special needs patients. There are a few types of sedations that can be used depending on how much sedative is needed.
Sedation can be as simple as taking a pill before your appointment. Almost immediately you will feel relaxed and calm. The sedation will make your appointment seem as if it only lasted a few short minutes and then you can be on your way!
This type of sedation is administered through an IV. This allows the sedation to be given throughout the entire appointment and can be stopped at any time. This also allows your dentist to change the levels of sedation if needed. While under sedation, you will not be aware of smells or sounds around you and you will become deeply relaxed. You will either only remember parts of your appointment or completely forget the entire visit. The sedation takes affect quickly and makes your visit a pleasant experience allowing you to be free of fear.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas) is one of the milder forms of sedation. This kind of sedation is great for those who need to make it through a regular appointment, but need help feeling relaxed and at ease. The nitrous oxide is given through a mask and the effects can be felt almost immediately. As soon as the sedation takes effect, the dentist will begin the exam. You will not be asleep, and will be able to respond to the dentist if needed. However, you won’t feel anxiety or stress. You’ll be done before you know it and the dentist will be telling you it’s time to go home. The nitrous oxide wears off within 3-5 minutes of taking off the mask. You should be able to drive home after using this form of sedation.