Sedation Dentistry 101

 

If you’ve been letting anxiety and fears keep you from visiting the dentist you could be doing your teeth a serious disservice. Regular dentist visits are essential to your oral health and there are many situations where a dental procedure can save a tooth or eliminate pain and discomfort.

Fortunately sedation dentistry offers patients a way to overcome anxiety and get the dental care they need. Keep reading to learn more.

What types of sedation are available?
There are a variety of sedation methods available depending on the needs of the patient. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a very common option that many patients are familiar with. This involves placing a small mask over the nose. The gas calms down the patient but they stay awake and can respond to questions.

sedation dentistry in houston tx | Royal Dental Oral sedation is another option and it is one of the safest options. Oral sedatives calm the patient and relieve anxiety. Some oral sedatives may make a patient feel sleepy, but patients can be woken up if it is necessary.

Can you drive yourself home?
You should not plan on driving home after your procedure. It may take awhile for the sedatives to wear off and it is important that you wait until the medication is out of your system before you operate a vehicle. If you’re undergoing a dental procedure with sedation you should have someone else drive you home and plan on resting for the remainder of the day.

Will you still need a local anesthetic?
Sedation can help you relax and stay calm during a procedure, but it is not the same as general anesthesia, which means you’ll still need Novocain or a similar local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry comes with a variety of benefits:
• It is a safe way to relieve anxiety and help patients overcome fear of dental procedures.
• Patients are still able to follow instructions and answer questions when needed.
• Sedation dentistry may make it easier for your dentist to correct multiple issues at once or complete a more complicated procedure without causing you extra pain and discomfort.

If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Royal Dental.

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