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Sedation Dentistry: Can a Dentist Give Me a Sedative?

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry | If you find yourself experiencing fear or anxiety in a dental setting, even when you’re merely contemplating your next dental appointment, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is an extremely common experience that we deal with all the time. As a patient, don’t hesitate to let us know if anxiety is a problem for you so that we can make things easier for you when you are receiving needed dental care.

Sedation dentistry is an aspect of dentistry that ensures that patients receive dental treatments and procedures in an atmosphere that is free of anxiety and pain. Let’s have a look at various forms of sedation that are available and what might help you during your next dental visit. 

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Forms of Sedation Dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide gas
  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation

Nitrous Oxide

Popularly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can be delivered through the use of a facemask worn before a dental procedure. It is not typically delivered alone, but is very helpful when used in combination with other types of sedation.

As you wear the face mask, you will breathe in normally. Within just a few seconds, you will experience the sedative effects of nitrous oxide. Most patients experience this as a feeling of comfort and relaxation that help ease them into their dental treatment.

Oral Sedation 

This involves taking a sedative pill by mouth prior to your appointment. By the time your appointment arrives, you will find yourself in a completely relaxed state, remaining calm and anxiety-free during your dental procedure. Many patients choose this form of Sedation Dentistry.

If you will be taking your medication before arriving at the dental office, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you there and return you back home after your appointment.

IV Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation Dentistry is the most powerful type of sedation available. It is delivered right into the bloodstream, leading to feelings of deep relaxation, partial amnesia and pain relief.

If you are receiving IV sedation, you will experience almost immediate effects. Your dental team is able to fine-tune your sedation length and level by regulating its flow into your vein. You will be continually monitored to ensure your safety while you are under the effects of IV sedation.

Because of the cost associated with the extra staff and equipment needed to monitor patients, IV Sedation Dentistry is more expensive than other forms of sedation. It is usually advised for those undergoing long and invasive dental procedures.

For More Information

There is no reason to feel embarrassed in any way about experiencing dental anxiety. As mentioned earlier, dental phobia is real and common. Don’t hesitate. Our office offers sedation dentistry to increase your comfort. Contact us today. New patients are welcome.

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