Sedation dentistry can be a great help to people who suffer from severe dental anxiety. It allows you to have dental work done while you are completely relaxed. Time seems to go by more quickly, and in many cases you will have little if any memory of what happened during your treatment.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry is not the same as general anesthetic. While general anesthetic renders you completely unconscious, sedation simply helps you relax completely, with no anxiety and complete comfort. You are still conscious, and you can answer questions and respond to instructions our dentist gives you during your treatment. You might feel like you are in a dreamlike state, and when you’re finished, you might be surprised to discover how much time has gone by. In addition, patients often have a hazy memory of what happened during their appointment—another way sedation can help ease your anxiety. These qualities of sedation make it possible for you to have several procedures done at the same time, which can be useful if you have put off dental work due to your dental anxiety.
Our dentist might use oral sedation, or he might use nitrous oxide while you’re in the dental chair. Your preparation for your treatment will be different depending upon the method used.
Preparing for Sedation Dentistry
If our dentist plans to give you a sedative in pill form, you’ll have to come to your appointment early to give it time to take effect. In some cases, you might even take the pill before you go to the dentist, in which case you should arrange to have someone drive you to the office. You’ll also need someone to drive you home, since the sedative takes time to leave your system.
With nitrous oxide, you will breathe the sedative during your treatment, and its effects will wear off quickly after you stop inhaling it. You probably won’t need to have someone drive you home, but if you have any concerns about your ability to drive, be sure to arrange a ride.
If you have questions about your upcoming appointment, or just want to discuss your sedation options, call the office of Dr. Buck today.