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Wondering What Sedation Dentistry Is Like?

May 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ridgepointdent @ 10:49 pm
Young girl visiting dentist and receiving sedation dentistry.

If going to the dentist makes you feel uneasy, don’t worry—you aren’t alone! Many patients these days suffer from dental-related anxiety, and even something as simple as a teeth cleaning can be intimidating for some. However, sedation dentistry is the perfect solution for those who would rather be anywhere else in the world than their dentist’s chair. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about this awesome advancement in oral care including available methods, what they’re like, and how to determine if it’s a viable solution for you.

What Exactly Is Sedation Dentistry?

Simply put, sedation dentistry involves sedating a patient for dental treatment. It’s commonly used to address dental-related anxiety, although it has a variety of other applications including assisting with long or complex procedures, helping patients who struggle to remain seated for long periods of time, and easing patients with mouth mobility issues.

What Sedation Methods Are Available and What Are They Like?

There are different methods of sedation used, but three of the most common ones include:

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation – The effects of nitrous oxide are somewhat mild compared to other sedatives, but it’s still incredibly effective. Also called laughing gas, it can be used to ease nervous patients and install a deeply relaxed and euphoric state. This will allow you to stay calm throughout your treatment. You will also remain conscious and alert, so you can interact with your dentist as necessary. When the procedure is over, the effects of nitrous oxide will wear off within a few minutes of breathing oxygen normally.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – This method involves taking medication before your appointment begins. By the time the medicine kicks in, you’ll be ready for the appointment! This state of relaxation is deeper than what you’d expect with nitrous oxide; although you’ll be aware of your surroundings, you might still feel groggy and doze off. The effects usually last for a few hours after the procedure, so expect to spend the rest of the day recovering.
  • IV Sedation – For extreme cases of dental phobia (or more intensive treatment), IV sedation can be used. This method offers the deepest form of relaxation; the medicine is injected directly into your bloodstream and gets to work within minutes. Like the other sedation methods, you will still be awake and responsive. However, you probably won’t remember much from the visit once the effects of the sedation wear off. This might work to your advantage though if you’re feeling incredibly anxious. Expect to spend the rest of the day recovering from the effects of IV sedation—you will also need a ride home!

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Sedation dentistry isn’t reserved just for patients with dental-related anxiety, so you shouldn’t disqualify yourself before speaking with your dentist. Knowing the available sedation methods and how they influence your body can help to ensure a comfortable and pleasant experience. There is often little preparation needed to receive sedation dentistry (aside from sometimes taking medicine prior to your appointment), and many dentists offer all or some combination of sedation methods.

Sedation dentistry can help with dental anxiety, complex treatment, and everything in-between! Talk with your dentist if you’re curious about any of these methods—they are all safe, effective, and certain to make your visit go smoothly.

About the Practice

Ridgepoint Dental is proud to serve patients and families in the Keller area under the leadership of Dr. Sweeta Walia! Dr. Walia completed her dental doctorate at the Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the North Texas Dental Society. Her practice offers many services including sedation dentistry! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Walia, please reach out online or by phone: (817) 952-8100.

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