Does the thought of having dental work done leave you feeling anxious or fearful? If so, your dentist may have recommended dental sedation. How does it work, and what should you expect from sedation dentistry? Continue reading to get all the details you need from a local dentist.
When you’re undergoing any form of dental treatment, you should be able to feel comfortable and relaxed. If you suffer from dental anxiety, this may seem easier said than done. Sedation dentistry allows you to receive the vital care you need so that your oral and overall health are not compromised.
Sedation Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide
For milder cases of uneasiness, nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) may be the best solution. The most common form of dental sedation, the medication is delivered through a mask that covers your nose and is worn throughout the treatment process to provide a slightly euphoric feeling.
Here are two advantages of receiving nitrous oxide:
- The dentist can adjust the medication as needed throughout the treatment process.
- Soon after the medication has been discontinued, you’ll be fully functional and able to carry out your normal duties.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For more severe bouts of anxiety or phobia (fear), an oral sedative can be quite helpful. Delivered in pill form, the medication is typically taken before leaving your home on the day of your treatment. Thus, you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. By the time your treatment starts, your previous inhibitions will be removed, and you’ll be ready to receive care.
Throughout the treatment process, you’ll still be conscious; however, you’ll feel completely relaxed. Unlike nitrous oxide, the effects of oral conscious sedation will typically take hours to dissipate after your treatment has concluded. Therefore, you’ll need to take it easy for the rest of the day.
Renewed Hope with Sedation Dentistry
Now that you know what sedation dentistry feels like and that you have nothing to fear, the next step is to reach out to your local dentist to schedule a consultation. This will allow you to fully discuss any of your apprehensions and work with the dentist to develop the best sedation therapy plan to meet your needs.
By being proactive and taking this initial step, you will be halfway down the road to a healthier mouth and stress-free life!
About the Author
Dr. Kevin Dann earned his dental degree from the University of Toronto. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anesthesiology from the same institution. Additionally, Dr. Dann has attained a Specialty Certificate in Dental Anesthesia from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. He provides patients with sedation dentistry so they can have a peaceful dental experience at Dentistry Asleep, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.