Do you dread or hate dental visits? Does the thought of dental procedures, needles, and dental drills make you anxious? Dental anxiety is a common issue that prevents many people from receiving the dental care they need. For patients who are anxious about their visit to the dentist, sedation dentistry can be a great option. Sedation dentistry is used to relieve anxiety in patients who may feel anxious about their dental visits.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a broad term that refers to any dental procedure that is performed while the patient is under the effects of sedation. This can range from a simple routine dental cleaning to a more complex oral surgery.
Sedation dentistry options
There are different types of sedation available. At your consultation, your dentist will work with you to determine which type of sedation is best for you.
- Oral conscious sedation
Oral sedation involves a pill prescribed by your dentist to be taken by mouth about half an hour to an hour prior to your dental appointment. Oral sedation is safe and effective, and most people only experience minor side effects, such as drowsiness and dry mouth. Your dentist may also combine oral sedation with inhaled sedation.
- Nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a small mask that fits over the nose. Patients breathe in the sedative, and it creates a euphoric feeling. Some patients feel light-headed and dizzy but can still safely drive themselves home. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off immediately once the mask is removed.
- IV sedation
IV sedation is administered through a small needle that is injected into a vein. This form of sedation works very quickly, and dentists can adjust the dosage as necessary. Patients typically feel groggy and sleepy after the procedure.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry has several benefits and can help patients receive the care they need.
Benefits of sedation dentistry include:
- Decreased anxiety
- Relaxed feelings
- Improved comfort
- Increased cooperation
- Faster treatment times
- Decreased gag reflex
- Prevention of movement during treatment
- Increased safety
- Higher quality treatment
- Reduced risk for complications
- Avoidance of general anesthesia
Overall, the use of sedation dentistry can allow patients to overcome many obstacles. It can help patients receive the dental care they need and improve their oral health.
What should I expect during sedation dental work?
Before any dental procedure, you will meet with your dentist for an examination. If sedation is recommended, your dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan. Usually, this includes taking x-rays, reviewing your medical history, and discussing your treatment plan.
If you have questions or concerns about sedation, your dentist will work with you to select the best sedation option for you.
To learn more about sedation options, schedule an appointment with Potomac Dental Group. Visit us at 10000 Falls Rd # 301, Potomac, MD 20854. Contact us at 301.983.2165 or visit our website to book an appointment.