All of our doctors strive to create a comfortable, and relaxing experience for patients. However, depending on a patient’s past experience, visiting the dentist for a procedure may create some anxiety or fear for a patient. In these cases, the patient and doctor might agree to use Sedation Dentistry to make the patient feel more comfortable during their dental procedure.
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using medicine to help relax patients during procedures. This medicine is also used in conjunction with a local anesthetic so the patient cannot feel the procedure being performed. During the procedure, the doctor will closely monitor and record the patient’s blood pressure, oxygen levels, and vital signs to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.
Types of Conscious Sedation
Oral Sedation. – It will make the patient drowsy, but still remain awake. Patients will usually take this sedative as a pill by mouth. This oral sedative may make you drowsy enough to fall asleep, but you will wake up easily with a gentle shake. Doctors usually use this form of sedation dentistry for short procedures and in conjunction with a local anesthetic.
Nitrous Oxide (Inhaled Minimal Sedation) is commonly known as laughing gas. This sedative is a gas that the patient inhales. It quickly takes effect and wears off quickly by the end of the procedure. It also rarely has side effects.
Is Sedation Dentistry right for you?
Call 1-844-9SMILES if you would like to schedule an appointment. At your appointment, talk to your doctor if you feel like you might need to be sedated during your upcoming procedure. All of our staff is happy to help make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable.