Still afraid to go to a dentist? Well, fear no more because with sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to get any kind of treatment without even feeling what the dentist is doing to your tooth/teeth so that before you know it, it’s all done.
Some people get anxious when they think about going to the dentist office for a treatment, and that’s normal. With sedation dentistry, however, they can now have any dental treatment, such as dental implant, a cavity filling, root canal, tooth extraction or any other services without the unnecessary stress.
Sedation dentistry, which is an absolutely safe procedure, is a kind of dental treatment where a patient is calmed through the use of mild forms of sedation before performing a dental procedure. To help relieve patient anxiety, the area that needs to be treated it numbed so that the patient will not feel the dental treatment. The procedure would have been completed by the time the sedation wears off.
Just as levels of anxiety vary from one patient to the next, so is the preferences for receiving sedation treatment. Dentists offer three types of sedation:
- Oral Sedation. This can be given orally, to be swallowed or can be dissolved underneath the tongue. Medication can be taken before the procedure and patient will still be able to communicate with the dental team during his or her treatment.
- Inhalation Conscious Sedation – nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose and can be used alone or with an anti-anxiety medication that is taken orally. You will not fall asleep after being sedated, but will be relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
- IV Conscious Sedation – sedative is delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (through the vein). The level of sedation can be controlled and adjusted more quickly and easily.
Of the three, oral sedation is the most popular. However, IV sedation has the most immediate effect on the body.