Whether you're anxious or just need a relaxing dental experience, Sedation Dentistry makes it possible for you to sit back, relax and let us take care of the rest. Say goodbye to dental anxiety and hello to a comfortable and stress-free visit.
Sedation dentistry is a branch of dentistry focused on relaxing and keeping the patient calm during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is especially useful for people with dental anxiety and abnormal pain sensitivity.
Sedation dentistry was first used in the United States during the Civil War? Soldiers who suffered from dental pain during the war were given chloroform to help them relax during dental procedures.
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The dentist will administer sedation pills, typically triazolam or diazepam, an hour before the dental procedure. Some patients may require much stronger medication options like lorazepam. Pediatric dentists use liquid oral sedation like midazolam for their child patients.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a general anesthetic that patients inhale through their noses. The dentist covers your nose and mouth with a mask and administers the laughing gas. The effects kick in within three minutes and you'll feel calm and a slight tingling.
IV sedation is a type of sedation where the dentist administers anesthetic directly to your bloodline using an IV drip. This ensures a steady supply of sedatives to your body numbing the pain and keeping you relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
The dentist will first have an in-depth conversation with you about your medical history and any medication you’re currently on. They’ll use this information to find out what sedation options work best for you.
The dentist will administer the sedation right before the procedure to relax you and numb the affected region. You should feel the effects in a matter of seconds, and you should feel numb or light-headed, depending on the sedation in question. You might feel a bit of pressure and movement but no pain at all.
Sedation takes some time to wear off, but usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes for local anesthetic. You might feel a little drowsy and we recommend going home to rest and recover. We also advise hailing a cab or asking someone to drive you home seeing that the anesthetic might compromise your driving capabilities.
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You can be a good candidate for dental sedation if you’re scheduled for an invasive procedure. You may also need sedation if you suffer from severe dental anxiety, have a poor gag reflex, and can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair. The dentist will recommend the appropriate sedation method for your specific needs.
Dental sedation is incredibly safe and chances of patients experiencing complications or side effects are very rare. However, some patients can be allergic to some anesthetic mediation, but the dentist will recommend alternatives to them. They’ll also advise you on precautions to take after the procedure so you don’t risk your health and safety.