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Does Dental Sedation Hurt?

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!

Here’s how:

Oral Sedation

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!

Inhaled Gas

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
(770) 980-6336


Scared of Sedation Dentistry?

When the whole point of sedation dentistry is to help you be less afraid of dental care, it can sound a little strange to be afraid of the sedation part!

But don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal to be a bit anxious if it’s a new experience. The reality is that sedation could be the solution to your dental fears. Let’s take a minute to review what you can expect to experience.

Kinds of Sedation

General Sedation – This is the deepest level of sedation. You are out cold! This is not typically used for routine dental procedures. It’s usually only oral surgeons or anesthesiologists and their highly-qualified team that provide this sedation for advanced and lengthy operations.

Moderate Intravenous sedation – This is medication administered through an IV by a trained doctor. You will still be alert and able to respond to commands. This medication is adjusted according to your need.

Oral Sedation – Oral sedation has a minimal to moderate effect. It won’t put you out completely. You won’t remember much afterwards, but you’ll still be conscious for the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is instantly reversible and has no lasting effects. It helps you relax and is the safest method for kids.

How Sedation Helps

Sedation can help you to view dental care in a positive light. Ease your concerns further by communicating openly with dentist. Ask about which option right for you, how to prepare, and what safety precautions are in place. With a little planning, sedation in dentistry can be an extremely helpful tool and nothing to be afraid of!

Posted on behalf of:
Dona Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

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