Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia, or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. In our office, we use nitrous oxide or an oral sedative, such as Valium, for preoperative dental anxiety.
Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, the dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you fear or dislike going to the dentist, your life could be changed by this. Oral sedation dentistry is changing the way many people get their dental care. No longer will you need to be tense or uncomfortable during dental work. The magic of this unmatched comfort is in a little blue pill. The pill is taken an hour before the procedure and additional medication can be given throughout the procedure as needed to obtain a level of sedation that will allow complex dental procedures to be performed in perfect comfort. Because of the amnesiac properties of the medication, there is little or no memory of the visit. We can maintain a good level of sedation for six hours or more, allowing us to correct significant dental problems in as little as one visit.
Once you’ve experienced sedation dentistry, you will never be afraid to go to the dentist again. You’ll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were sleeping. You will wake up refreshed, with little to no memory of what was accomplished.
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Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is another option for sedation during your dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for several minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.