Many people are anxious to visit their dentists for fear of pain. Fortunately, we offer different types of sedation dentistry for a more comfortable and relaxing experience. Deciding which option is suitable may depend on the following factors:
- The level of fear during dental procedure
- Your perception when it comes to drills, bad tastes, injections, and noises
- Your health history
Understanding Sleep Dentistry
Some patients are comfortable with light sedation when undergoing procedure. Others would rather choose heavy sedation than stay awake throughout the treatment. Due to varying circumstances, we may offer different modalities of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous oxide is a gas that will help you feel relaxed during a procedure. You can inhale the gas through a small nosepiece. The effects are mild and can wear off within minutes after use. This is ideal for patients with mild anxiety in the dental office or for less invasive dental treatments.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral Sedation is usually an oral medication or pill that you swallow few hours before the procedure. The medication allows you to stay conscious and responsive throughout the procedure. Nevertheless, a patient with a deeper level of anxiety may not be suitable for oral sedation because the medications often have limitations. Some patients want to feel “more asleep” during the procedure.
Oral sedation may also be harder to administer and adjust, as patients react differently to the medications. While grinding the tablets can be an effective solution, it may take about 20 minutes before the patient starts feeling the effects. This sedation may be suitable for patients with mild anxiety or those undergoing less invasive dental procedures.
Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation
I.V. Sedation is the ideal solution for patients with bad experience and extreme dental anxiety. It produces more moderate level of sedation within a few minutes. Patients can have their treatment done without feeling pain or noticing smells, tastes or noises. Using I.V. Sedation is quick and predictable, as the level of sedation can be easily adjusted during treatment. This may also be ideal for long, invasive dental procedures, allowing us to complete treatments in just one sitting.
Feel free to contact us to know more about sedation dentistry. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you with any concerns. We are looking forward to hearing from you!