Many individuals suffer from severe anxiety at the very idea of visiting the dentist. Some will go years without even having their teeth cleaned due to their apprehension about this visit. Sedation dentistry is a fabulous tool that allows patients to seek needed dental care by providing them with a means to quiet their nerves before they even sit in the dental chair.
Your dentist undergoes additional training to be able to offer you this option as well as equipping the dental office with the tools needed to guarantee your comfort and safety.
With oral sedation, the patient is prescribed a sedative to be taken at home about one hour before their dental appointment. Because of this, it is necessary for the patient to have transportation both to and from their dental office.
Upon arrival at the office, the patient is administered additional sedatives to place them in a state of complete relaxation. The patient will remain awake, but many feel like they slept throughout treatment.
The patient is monitored continually; at treatment completion they are not discharged until they are fully awake. However, they are advised to return home to rest for the balance of the day as many may feel groggy for several hours.
This is a gas that is mixed with oxygen and delivered via a nasal cone. It is safe for all ages and places the patient in a mild state of euphoria. Near the completion of treatment, nitrous is discontinued and the patient returns to normal immediately.
One of the many advantages of nitrous oxide is that there are no lingering side effects so the patient can drive to and from their appointment and return to work or school following dental treatment.
Very often reserved for surgical patients, IV sedation places the patient in a much deeper state and is delivered through an IV.
No matter what type of sedation is recommended for you, the important thing is that you undergo needed dental treatment. It is a well known fact that dental health and overall health are closely aligned so to maintain good health, do everything needed to protect your dental health.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.