At Comprehensive Dental Health, we recognize that dental anxiety is a real fear and, in the past, would often cause many patients to avoid going to the dentist altogether. But with the advent of sedation dentistry, people with dental anxiety can finally get the treatment they need without having to experience any discomfort or anxiety.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a field of dentistry that uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Sedation can be used for a variety of procedures, from simple cleanings to more complex procedures—such as extractions.
There are different types of sedation, and the type that is right for you will depend on your level of anxiety, your medical history, and the procedure being performed. To learn more about what we offer in our New Haven, CT office, please read below or call our office!
Nitrous oxide is a moderate-level sedative agent that is commonly used in dentistry. The sedation is delivered in the form of a colorless and odorless gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. It is well tolerated by most people, and its effects are short-lived—meaning patients can return to normal activities following their appointment.
You will remain conscious and able to respond to questions and directions from your dentist while you are under the influence of nitrous oxide. The effects of the sedation include light-headedness, a sense of relaxation, and euphoria.
Oral sedation is a stronger form of sedation, and it involves taking a pill before your appointment. The pill will make you drowsy, but you will still be able to respond to questions and follow directions. You may not remember much of the procedure afterward.
While oral sedation does provide more intense effects than nitrous oxide, it is less controlled—meaning the sedation may take up to an hour to become effective, and effects may linger for a few hours after the appointment is over. For this reason, it will be necessary for the patient to have a ride to and from our office.
IV sedation is the most intense sedative available in our office and is recommended for the most complex procedures—such as the placement of dental implants. This sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream through an IV, which allows it to come into effect quickly. While this sedative does allow patients to remain conscious, most patients do not remember much about their appointment after it is over. Instead, they may feel drowsy or dazed throughout the duration of the appointment. This can eliminate any stress and anxiety involved with the procedure.
Just like with oral sedation, it will be necessary for patients to have a ride to and from their appointment after receiving IV sedation as they will not be able to drive.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
- Sedation dentistry can help make dental procedures less stressful for patients who experience anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist.
- In some cases, sedation can also help patients who have a strong gag reflex.
- It can also help patients who have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time.
- Finally, sedation dentistry can help patients who need to have multiple procedures done in one visit.
If you think sedation dentistry might be right for you, call our office today! A member of our team would be happy to discuss your options with you and answer any questions you have.
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