Dental Tips Blog

Apr
17

What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

If you’ve never experienced the feeling of being unconscious, then the idea of having dental sedation can seem a little scary.

Different Kinds of Sedation

Most dental sedation techniques keep you conscious. They aren’t all exactly alike but they all mainly work by relieving anxiety and making you forget the procedure.

Three sedation strategies commonly used in dentistry include:

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral medication
  • IV-administered medication

What to Expect

An IV-administered sedative is the only kind that can make you truly unconscious. Even the level of anesthesia will be carefully monitored by the dental team. They can give you just what is necessary to treat you successfully. This method is the one that lets you really sleep through treatment.

Oral conscious sedation medications come in pill or syrup form. You might take them on arrival at the dental office, or one or two hours before arriving. These medications will make you feel very relaxed and care-free. You won’t be bothered by needles, drills, or anything else. You probably won’t even remember anything, but this method doesn’t make you conscious.

Laughing gas is the lightest form of sedation. It’s easily reversed because you simply exhale the gas and it leaves your system. You’ll wear a light rubber hood over your nose and gently breath in the air that flows through it. The hood might be scented with something yummy like vanilla or orange.

This gas makes your head feel light and you might get a case of the giggles! Patients usually report tingling limbs, dulled hearing, and a flying sensation.

Talk with your dentist about which dental sedation option is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Jan
8

Can I Eat Before Having Dental Sedation?

The kind of sedation you are having affects what and when you can eat.

If you’re having sedation with laughing gas (nitrous oxide,) then eating won’t make a difference. The same is true for local anesthesia.

The deeper forms of sleep dentistry, including oral and IV sedation, are another story.

With these methods, you should avoid eating for at least 6 hours before your appointment. This is because food can affect how you absorb the medication. Even more importantly, your reflexes are dulled while you’re sedated. If your stomach gets upset while you’re laying back, there’s a big risk of choking on your last meal.

What NOT to Eat

Alcohol generally does not mix well with medications. Although traditionally used to help calm the nerves, it should definitely NOT be used along with oral sedation. If you drink on a regular basis, talk with your doctor about it well before your dental appointment.

Surprisingly, there’s an enzyme in grapefruit that affects the way your body will break down medications. So stay clear of grapefruit juice both before and for some time after your procedure.

Eating After Your Treatment

It’s really important that you stay hydrated. Get plenty of water to drink the night before your appointment. Also drink as much water as you can comfortably handle after your treatment.

Depending on the nature of the procedure, you may have to stick to soft foods for a while afterwards. Try to incorporate healthy items in smoothies to get the healing nutrients your body needs.

Ask your dentist for more information on the benefits of dental sedation and how to use it safely.

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentist of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821

Nov
24

Preparing for Your Sedation Appointment

You requested sedation to help you cope with some dental anxiety. But it is ironic that you might be nervous about being partially sedated in a dental chair for the first time. With a little preparation, however, you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Know Your Risks

Sedation of any kind at any time does have some inherent risks. It’s essential that you keep your dentist fully informed of all of your medical details. Having certain allergies or taking certain medications can affect the way dental sedation affects you.

Your dentist will take the time to review with you all risks and benefits associated with a procedure such as sedation. With open communication, everyone can plan for a safe appointment!

Bring a Friend

You should never plan to drive yourself while you have a sedative in your system. If you take the medication at the office, make sure that you have a reliable companion ready to drive you home.

Take Some Time Off

Some dental procedures allow you to head right back to the office before lunch break is over. But you shouldn’t force the matter if you’ve had some sedation. It’s okay to rest a bit before returning to work! It may not even be safe for you to travel on your own.

Review Instructions Carefully

Don’t take lightly the instructions your dentist will give you prior to your appointment! If your sedation is an oral medication, then you need to take the prescribed dose when the doctor says to. This will allow your dentist to get your procedure done on time and successfully deal with any unexpected changes.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Sep
15

What is Conscious Sedation?

Did you know that it’s possible to be only partially sedated?

Conscious sedation means that you aren’t totally unaware of what’s going on. What is it and how is it used in dentistry?

How Conscious Sedation is Achieved

Your dentist will prescribe a medication that you take a couple of hours in advance of treatment. The medication will make you sleepy, but it doesn’t make you completely unconscious!

It alters your awareness so that you don’t feel as much pain, discomfort, or anxiety.

What Conscious Sedation Feels Like

After taking the medication, you should feel very drowsy. You’ll feel groggy and probably won’t care too much about what’s going on around you!

Some patients fall asleep from the medication. But for the most part, you should stay alert for the procedure. You’ll be able to answer questions and follow directions.

The best part is that by the time the sedation wears off, you likely won’t remember a thing. You’ll feel as if you just woke up from a nap, and you may have only a vague recollection of the treatment process.

Is Conscious Sedation for You?

Conscious sedation has been safely used in dentistry for many years. If you suffer from:

  • Dental phobia
  • Anxiety
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • An inability to sit still long enough for successful treatment

…then conscious sedation can help you to relax and enjoy the highest standard of dental care. Your dentist will work carefully with your doctor to ensure that you are prescribed a sedative that works safely with your current medications and health conditions.

Ask your local dentist for more information!

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

Sep
14

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist About Sedation

Sedation in the dental office is a very good thing! Thanks to a variety of sedation techniques, you can safely relax and even snooze your way through the scariest of procedures.

However, it’s not a great idea to simply jump into a sedation procedure without knowing what’s involved. Your dental team will do a great job making sure you’re comfortable! But the process is a LOT smoother when you know what’s going on.

Here are four questions you can ask your dentist to make sure you know what you’re getting into.

  1. How Do My Medications Affect My Sedation Options?

Dental sedation that uses some form of medication can interact with your current medications in a dangerous way. Talking openly with your dentist about how these medications interact will help you avoid dangerous confusion.

  1. What Should I Do to Prepare for Sedation?

Find out whether you need to take a medication before your appointment, and if so, when. Also ask about when you can eat before your appointment and arranging transportation.

  1. How Can I Communicate During the Procedure?

Most sedation techniques used in dentistry keep you conscious during treatment. You will be very relaxed and shouldn’t feel a thing. Just in case, make sure you and the dental team understands certain signals. This way, you can safely let them know what you need while having treatment.

  1. What Should I Do After the Procedure to Safely Recover?

Your dental office will have practical suggestions for

A little sedation can go a long way in helping you feel better about visiting the dentist! Call your local dentist for more information on the sedation options available to you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Aug
10

Precautions With Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a great way for many people to relax enough to tolerate their dental treatment. With oral sedation, patients can essentially “sleep” through lengthy procedures.

Some people have extreme dental anxiety that causes them a lot of stress. Taking a prescribed medication right before dental appointment could change even your next dental experience.

What You Should Know

Your health history and current medications can alter the way an oral sedative works. It’s crucial to review your medical history with your dentist.

Because this is a controlled medication, you have to be careful. There is no magic dosage that works for everyone! Any medication poses the risk of complications and side-effects. With careful preparation, you can enjoy a safe and relaxed dental appointment.

What You Should Do

Follow your dentist’s directions carefully. Plan to arrive early for your appointment so that you’ll have time to relax. Bring along a friend or family member who can drive you to the office and back home after the appointment. Your ability to function normally will be impaired for some time while you’re on the medication.

What Your Dentist Should Do

Your dental team should be monitoring your vitals signs during treatment. They should also have on-hand specific medication that can help to reverse the effects of the sedation, if needed. You should receive from your dentist, in writing, a detailed explanation of the potential risks associated with the procedure and the sedation.

Find out more by contacting a dentist in your area who offers certified sedation techniques. Ask about how much experience he or she has had with sedation in the past. Thanks to oral sedation, your next dental treatment could pass by like a dream!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jun
25

Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry

Thanks to sedation, more and more people are feeling comfortable with dentistry and are able to relax enough to have necessary dental work done. This makes sedation an essential tool for increasing access to dental care for those who otherwise can’t tolerate it well.

Who could really benefit from sedation?

Young Children

A vital dental treatment could be traumatizing to a child too young to understand what is going on. There are ways of safely providing young children with a mild amount of sedation that helps them to feel happy during their treatment. Laughing gas, for example, can be safely administered to kids to ease their anxiety.

Extensive Procedures

Would you like to have all your needed dental treatment completed in one sitting? Maybe the procedure you need is lengthy in nature. Sedation, usually in the form of an oral medication, can make you feel like you just napped a few minutes when in reality two hours or more of dental treatment have passed.

Individuals with Difficulty Sitting Still

Many people suffer from psychological problems that may make sitting still in a dental chair very hard. Even a simple dental cleaning could distress them. Sedation can help these patients to relax enough to get the quality care they need and deserve.

Dental Anxiety

Does the thought of visiting the dentist send off a swarm of butterflies in your stomach? Whether your anxiety is slight or severe, sedation in dentistry can spare your body the stress of that anxiety. Your dental procedures will pass by so quickly and painlessly that you’ll feel like you merely dreamed the whole thing!

Call your local dentist today to find out more about the sedation options offered in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Apr
5

Getting Over Your Dental Anxiety

If going to the dentist makes you break out in a sweat, don’t feel embarrassed. “White coat syndrome” or fear of going to doctors’ and dentists’ office is a fairly common occurrence. You may even like your dentist, but the thought of sitting back in the chair makes you feel nervous.

Instead of trying to tough it out, there’s an easier option: tell your dentist. He or she won’t take it personally. Many people experience dental situations throughout their life that cause them to dislike having their teeth worked on. Or, you may simply have sensitive teeth! The sooner your dentist knows this, the sooner they can help.

One of the most common ways to relax patients is to use nitrous oxide during the visit – even if it is just a checkup. Nitrous works quickly and is fully reversible as soon as the appointment is over. There’s no down time and you don’t need anyone else to drive you to the appointment. But – it does help you relax, and it might even make you giggle a little bit.

If more moderate to severe anxiety is a problem, there’s something for that too. Your dentist can prescribe anti-anxiety medication or use a sedative to help you feel like you’re napping though your visit. This is a great way to catch up on things, if you’ve been delaying your dental care for a while. Some patients even prefer being “put under” with IV sedation – which is an option as well. The key is to ask your dentist which one is best, and let them know exactly how you feel.

When you enjoy your visit, your dentist enjoys it as well!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Mar
30

How Sedation Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

Is the thought of dentistry something that causes you to freeze up with fear?

You’re not alone! Many people are anxious over anything dental-related. If you struggle with dental fear, then you need to learn how sedation dentistry can have a big effect on your dental health.

Why Dentistry Is Essential

There’s much more to your smile than sparkling white teeth! Your oral hygiene affects your overall health. Research shows that neglecting dental health is connected to health complications like:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Fungal infections
  • Stroke
  • Oral cancer

Regular dental care will help you to prevent problems before they start. Dental treatment can be much easier to tolerate with the help of some safe and effective sedation.

The Benefits of Sedation

Sedation allows you to virtually “sleep” through almost any dental procedure. While you’ll be conscious for the procedure and able to respond to questions, you won’t remember much. You’ll feel like you just woke up from a nap. An hour will pass by like a few seconds, and you’ll be so relaxed during the procedure.

Your Sedation Options

The most common forms of minimal sedation used in dentistry are oral (pills) and inhaled (laughing gas). The pills will be prescribed in advance of your appointment so that you can take them ahead of time. The laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is very safe and has no lasting effects.

Feeling relaxed in the dental chair could be your ticket to better health. Visit your local dental office to learn more about the anxiety management techniques the team uses. They’ll be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Mar
14

Is Dental Sedation Right For You?

Regular visits to your dentist are important, not just for a healthy, beautiful smile – but as part of your overall health. For some, a much needed dental appointment causes feelings of anxiety that prevent them from enjoying optimal dental care. If the idea of sitting in the dental chair makes your nervous, your dentist can help with dental sedation.

What Is Dental Sedation?

Depending on the level of your anxiety and the nature of your dental procedure, your dentist may offer a variety of sedation techniques. Mild sedation can give you a sense of calm by simply taking a pill prior to your appointment. If more sedation is needed, an additional dose or nitrous oxide gas can be administered to put you at ease. For the deepest sedation needs, intravenous sedatives can be given so you can peacefully sleep through your dental treatment.

Plan Ahead

For the average person, dental sedation is a wonderful aid to achieving a peaceful, positive dental experience. Keep these things in mind when discussing sedation with your dentist:

  • Do you have any health complications that should be considered? If you suffer from sleep apnea, asthma, recent hospitalization, heart issues or other chronic concerns, your dentist needs to know. It’s important that your dentist understands your complete medical history, prior to sedation.
  • Are you taking any medications? Some medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medicines, vitamins and supplements, can interfere with dental sedation. Be sure your dentist is aware of any medications you’re currently taking.
  • Plan ahead! After your procedure, you may be unable to operate your vehicle. Bring a friend to take you safely home.

Don’t let anxiety keep you from a beautiful, healthy smile. Speak to your dentist today to see if sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

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