People fear going to the dentist and experience dental anxiety for many reasons. Dental anxiety is common, and people often avoid the dentist because of it. Anxiety is no reason to sacrifice oral health. Sedation dentistry allows people to experience calm, comfortable dental procedures. It offers many options giving people the flexibility to match the sedation with the procedure. Sedation dentistry may be used for everything from simple cleanings to extractions. Let’s explore some of the safest and most popular options.
Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas which is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask. The calming effect is almost immediate. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has a subtle, relaxing effect that gives patients a feeling of general well-being. Patients remain conscious and able to respond to the dentist throughout the procedure. It is a safe medication that is not metabolized in the body. The effect begins to wear off as soon as the mask is removed. Nitrous oxide is so safe that it is often used on children to help them avoid dental phobias later in life.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation often comes in the form of a pill. It is prescribed in advance and the patient is given direction on when and how to ingest the medication. Oral sedation produces a calming effect and may even make you feel a little groggy. It allows patients to remain comfortable and free of anxiety during dental procedures. Although patients sometimes report no memory of the procedure, they are still awake and able to respond to the dentist. The effects of oral sedation last several hours so it may be necessary to have someone drive you home after your appointment.
Sedation dentistry offers many safe and viable options to help patients experience worry free dental care. If you have a phobia of the dentist or you would like to explore the option of sedation dentistry, give our office a call today. Don’t let anxiety come between you and your oral health. A beautiful healthy smile is possible with sedation dentistry.