Dental sedation is becoming popular, but is it right for you? Whether you are nervous about your upcoming procedure or just generally afraid of the dentist, sedation can help you face your fears. There are different types of sedation available. Below is some more information so you can choose the best sedation option for you.
Why Choose Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation is a great way to get dental work done without stress or panic. This allows you to get the procedure that you’ve been putting off. Being “put to sleep” can be scary and overwhelming. However, this type of sedation is rather rare in dentistry. These are the types of sedation your dentist is most likely to use.
Oral sedation is one of the simplest forms of sedation. For this method, your dentist will simply write you a prescription for an anti-anxiety pill. You will take this pill before your procedure so you can relax in the dentist’s chair. While you will feel calm, you will not be unconscious. Oral sedation is great for simple procedures or stressful dentist visits.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is administered through a mask or nosepiece. You might know this type of sedation as “laughing gas”. The nitrous oxide will lift your mood and help you feel a sense of calm about your procedure. This is usually used along with topical or injectable pain relievers for simple oral procedures.
IV sedation will put you into a “twilight” state during your procedure. Unlike IVs used in hospital surgeries, your dentist will not put you fully “to sleep” with these IVs. However, the medication is stronger than the other two options above. Tooth extractions, dental implants, and other oral surgeries often use IV sedation.
Learn More With a Consultation
A consultation is a great way to learn more about your sedation options. At a consultation, your dentist will evaluate your mouth so they can keep you comfortable before and after your surgery. Since this appointment takes place before your surgery, you can also ask your dentist questions. Schedule your consultation online or call us at 281-213-5668.