Sedation dentistry is practiced by dentists all over to ensure their patient experiences an anxiety free appointment. The American Dental Association (ADA) ensures that a set of guidelines are followed when providing sedation and the training required. There are many different anesthetics your dentist can offer, and each deal with a different level of pain. From laughing gas to IV sedation, here is your guide to how to visit your dentist, anxiety free.
Commonly used, nitrous oxide, widely known as laughing gas is an inhalation anesthetic. This type of anesthesia is used to alleviate pain. Nitrous oxide also does not put you to sleep, so you are aware through the procedure, while causing you to reduce anxiety. It is a safe method of relaxing a patient, and is provided by most dental offices because of its effectiveness. Laughing gas is used a lot of the time with local anesthetic shots, or numbing shots, to reduce pain in the spot getting worked on. The nitrous oxide also allows the patient to feel less of the shot.
Oral sedation, is an alternative form of sedation for those patients who are terrified of needles. Oral sedation provides a relaxation for the patient, in the form of a pill or occasionally liquid. Like anesthetic shots, this is commonly used with laughing gas to have an easier appointment.
IV sedation, Intravenous sedation is an anti-anxiety sedative injected into the vein. This allows a deeper sedation for the doctor and patient, used in wisdom teeth extractions. Most patients find themselves falling asleep during this sedation, and less aware of the procedure taking place.
Dentists everywhere are turning to sedation dentistry to ensure their patients have a smooth time at the dentist. Sedation allows you to release some of your anxiety to make sure you can successfully go through your procedure.
If you think you would benefit from sedation dentistry, contact your dental office to set up a consultation. Your dentist and their staff will be able to walk you through which sedation process will be the best for your needs, so you can enjoy your dental procedure without any worry.