When you think about it, the goal of dental sedation is to alleviate anxiety and dull sensitivity. Choosing sedation helps to relax your mind and allows you to tolerate treatment so that you get the professional care you need. It would be beside the point if the sedation were to cause you discomfort!
Prescription-strength syrups and pills are available from your dentist. You usually take the sedative medication a little while before your appointment and have a friend drive you to the office.
These drugs will put you in a relaxed dream-like state. You might even fall asleep during treatment!
Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is the simplest and safest form of sedation available. You simply breathe it in and enjoy the giggly effects almost instantly! The effects of this sedation are very light and are easily reversed.
Will Sedation Be Enough?
Maybe not. It depends on the treatment you need. Sedation will lower your awareness so that you are more comfortable, but it won’t make all the pain go away. You usually still need local anesthetic (numbing) during your visit.
Fortunately, the sedation will make it much easier to get an injection! You probably won’t feel the needle at all. And if you simply need some sedation to ease extreme anxiety during a non-invasive procedure (say, for a simple dental cleaning), then you won’t need a shot at all.
Some specialty offices do offer general (IV) sedation, but that’s usually reserved for complicated oral surgeries or lengthy procedures. Talk with your dentist about the sedation options available to improve your overall dental treatment experience.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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