Fear Dental Procedures?
Many people fear dental procedures. They worry about the pain they might feel as well as their vulnerability and potential discomfort. Sedation dentistry can definitely help patients feel more relaxed during dental work, but is it the right choice for you?
Continue to learn about sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry
With sedation, the dentist administers a drug before or during the dental procedure. Only one type -general anesthesia- renders the patient completely unconscious. The other forms will relax you, but won’t know you out completely.
Common types of Sedation Dentistry:
- Nitrous Oxide: A gas that relaxes you during the procedure, it wears off quickly so your dentist will let you drive yourself home afterwards.
- Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives, such as diazepam, also helps patients to relax during dental procedures. You will typically takes these an hour or so before your appointment.
- Intravenous sedatives: IV or intravenous sedatives can put you in varying stages of consciousness. This is also know as general anesthesia and as mentioned above will put you into a deep sleep until it wears off.
You might prefer dental sedation or sleep dentistry, but talk to your dentist about it first. Mention any allergic reactions you’ve experienced in the past, especially to anesthesia, so your dental professional can make safe, educated recommendations.