In order to create a pleasant dental visit sedation dentistry can be used. Many people have anxiety or stress when it comes to dental procedures. At Green Park Dentistry, we offer three different types of sedation: nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation. Each type of sedation is different and works better for different individuals. Dr. Sugg can help you determine which type of sedation is right for you.
Dental Anxiety is Not Uncommon
Many people deal with dental anxiety. It is estimated that as many as 75% of Americans experience some form of dental anxiety. Some people have a fear of visiting the dentist in the first place, while others have a fear of the tools or equipment being used. Dental anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of! In fact, avoiding your dentist because of dental anxiety can lead to more severe oral health problems in the future.
What is the Solution for Dental Anxiety?
The solution to dental anxiety is sedation. This service has helped tens of thousands of anxious patients get the treatment they needed. Sedation can also help patients who need several procedures done in one visit, patients who have difficulty getting numb, and patients with a sensitive gag reflex. Sedation dentistry is also effective for patients with special needs.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
In order to ease the anxiety and discomfort of a dental procedure medications can be used. Your dentist and staff member will look over your medical history and any other medications you are taking to determine which sedation option is best for you. All medications used are safe and effective. Sedation dentistry is regulated by the state’s dental board and dentists hold permits to perform sedation.
What Are the Options?
There are three types of sedation available.
- Nitrous Oxide (known to many as “laughing gas”) – By way of a nasal mask, you will breathe a soothing gas that will cause you to relax and lose anxiety and discomfort. All effects of the gas will wear off quickly and you will be able to go on with your normal schedule immediately.
- Conscious Sedation – Once your dentist administers a sedative to you, you will immediately feel drowsy. This will relax you mentally and physically. You will be able to communicate with your dentist during the procedure but will probably not remember it afterward. You may feel groggy following your procedure. By that evening you will be able to get back to your normal schedule.
- IV Sedation – This is used for patients that experience severe anxiety during dental visits. A certified anesthesiologist and your dentist will work together to be sure you receive the correct amount of sedation dosage. During this sedation, the patient sleeps through the entire procedure. With this type of sedation you will need someone to drive you home from your procedure.
If you still have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.