Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. The dental professional administers the medication prior to a procedure, allowing the patient to relax throughout the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is beneficial for several reasons, including:
- Helps patients who fear visiting the dentist - Many people experience dental anxiety or fear of the dentist. This fear is based on previous negative dental experiences. Those patients can benefit from sedation dentistry, allowing them to relax and remain comfortable during their treatment.
- Helps treat chronic dental issues - Some people with dental phobia may put off treatment due to fear. This can worsen chronic dental issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay. With sedation dentistry, these patients can undergo treatment, helping to relieve their dental issues.
- Helps patients with special conditions - Sedation can also help patients overcome physical conditions that prevent them from undergoing the required dental work.
What Types of Sedation Are Available?
If having a dental procedure performed makes you anxious or fearful, sedation dentistry may be the right choice for you. At All Smiles Family Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide and IV sedation to make your visit more comfortable. Before recommending medication or type of sedation, our dentist will first speak with you about your health history, any medications that you are currently taking, and your level of anxiety.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation that wears off quickly. It’s usually recommended for people who have mild anxiety about visiting the dentist.
Usually, nitrous oxide is delivered through a small mask that is placed over your nose. The mask is connected by a tube to a small gas canister. The gas is mixed with oxygen and is delivered through the mask.
Nitrous oxide is one of the most common anesthetics used in dentistry. It is quick-acting and wears off quickly. Our dentist can adjust the level of sedation as needed. It is a good choice for people who experience mild anxiety before dental treatments. This mild sedative will help you relax during the procedure, but you will be able to respond to our dentist’s questions and instructions.
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line. This line delivers medication into the bloodstream. These medications help patients to feel more relaxed during their dental treatment.
Compared to nitrous oxide, IV sedation provides a deeper level of relaxation and can be used over a longer period of time. Patients undergoing complex treatments and lengthy procedures will find that IV sedation offers a better level of relaxation over a longer period.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry is safe when administered by a trained dental professional.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson or Dr. Cyr, book online or call All Smiles Family Dentistry at (319) 553-3085.