Sedation dentistry is helpful in many ways. It helps to put those with anxieties at ease, assists when someone has a sensitive gag reflex, calms a special needs child, and allows for multiple procedures to be done in one session.
The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry
- Avoid anxious feelings and feel comfortable
- Prevent fear of needles or pain
- Save time since more can be accomplished in one visit
- Ensure special needs patients are comfortable
- Prevent having to hear the sound of drilling or scraping
- Have the procedure with no memory of it
- Prevent the gag reflex from kicking in
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Depending on the specific needs, light or heavy sedation can be used. Your dentist will assess the situation and help as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is sedation? – It keeps patients relaxed and comfortable during visits. Patients can be completely asleep or awake yet relaxed.
- What types of anesthesia are used? – Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is common and used via a mask. Oral and intravenous medications are also used in certain cases.
- How is it administered? – Light sedation is generally given via a pill. For those with anxieties, it can be prescribed and taken before a dental appointment to ensure a calm visit. Laughing gas is inhaled through a mask. Sometimes deeper sedation or general anesthesia is required and is typically done through an IV.
- How can I prepare? – While laughing gas wears off rather quickly, other forms of sedation take longer to leave the system. When sedation dentistry is going to be used for your visit, it is vital to set up a ride to and from the appointment. If a friend or family member is unavailable, be sure to set up a cab or Uber to take you home.