Relaxing at the dentist’s office may seem like a paradoxical idea, but it is possible with sedation dentistry techniques. Since many patients experience anxiety or fear with respect to receiving dental procedures, this method has become highly popular. A number of options are available to allow for optimum comfort during the course of a dental procedure.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is one of the least invasive methods of sedation that relaxes patients and often gives a sense of euphoria. It takes effect quickly, usually within a few minutes. It also wears off quickly afterward, and most people can drive themselves home after the procedure.
Nitrous oxide is administered via a mask and may be used with other forms of sedation. Possible side effects include feelings of lightheadedness, tingling, or heavy limbs. Its purpose is to provide mild relaxation and reduced sensitivity to pain for milder procedures.
This type of sedation administers medication in the form of a pill which is taken about 40 minutes prior to a procedure. This gives the medication time to take effect. At times, a dosage may induce enough grogginess to cause you to fall asleep. Since these sedatives do not dull pain, so they are often used with local anesthetic.
This method is useful for patients who feel a great deal of anxiety prior to a dentist appointment. Also, you may not remember much (if anything) from the procedure due to the amnestic effects of the medication.
Conscious I.V. Sedation
For those who don’t have an all-consuming fear of needles, conscious intravenous sedation is often used, especially for surgical procedures. The drug is administered through a needle directly into your bloodstream, allowing it to take immediate effect. The sedative’s levels are carefully monitored by your dentist, and they can be easily adjusted to maintain comfort.
Conscious I.V. sedation allows for consistent sedation levels throughout a procedure, and many patients describe their experience as a dreamlike state. Usually, you will remember nothing from the procedure. If you do remember anything, it won’t be much, and you may recall the experience as passing much more quickly than it took in reality.
Quality Sedation Dentistry
Administering most sedatives for dental procedures takes experience and training to do properly. These methods are most commonly used for lengthier or more complex procedures, but if you tend to experience a lot of anxiety prior to receiving dental care, you may wish to consider sedation. To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you, contact us today at Lynn Dental Care.