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Here’s How Dental Sedation Actually Works

Knowing what to expect from sedation dentistry and how it works can put your worries to rest.

What Dental Sedation Really Is

A sedative is meant to help the dental patient relax. The goal isn’t to knock you out or render you unconscious. Rather, a sedative can provide relief from dental phobia by helping you be calm and comfortable enough to sit through dental treatment without anxiety.

Not everyone needs a sedative during dental treatment. Your need for sedation depends on factors such as:

  • Your health and current medications
  • The length or nature of your dental procedure
  • Your levels of dental anxiety

How Different Kinds of Dental Sedation Work

There are a few main sedative options in dentistry. These include: laughing gas, an oral medication, or an IV drip.

Each sedative method delivers a different degree of sedation. Laughing gas, for example, is a very mild sedative. It makes you feel relaxed and happy, but it doesn’t do much more than that.

An oral sedative can render you very sleepy and dulls your pain perception. It may also make you forget some parts of the treatment. An IV drip works similarly but it can be used for longer procedures such as oral surgery.

Your Safety During Sedation Dentistry

There will be an entire team of skilled and trustworthy professionals keeping a close eye on you during your dental sedation procedure. You also need to have a trusted companion ready to accompany you home after your appointment. They will be your advocate while you are under the effects of the sedative.

With plenty of precautions in place, sedation dentistry is safe! Talk with a sedation dentist to learn more about the procedure.

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

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