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Jul
2

Oral Conscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry isn’t as “deep” of a subject as you might have previously thought! Just like there are different types of dentists, there are different levels of sedation. One of the easiest, most straight-forward approaches to sedation dentistry is the method known as oral conscious sedation. This “light” form of sedation lasts just a few hours and helps anxious patients ease right through their entire dental appointment.  

Oral conscious sedation uses prescription medicine that is taken by mouth just one hour before treatment is scheduled. Most dentists have you take this medication in their office, or at home before you leave. Obviously, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment! Although you’ll be able to respond to questions, walk, or follow directions, you most likely won’t remember a single thing. Some people describe the feeling as a light nap or dream.

One of the biggest benefits of oral conscious sedation is that patients can have most of their treatment completed in just a single appointment. This is very useful for people with large treatment plans that would typically call for numerous dental visits, or for people that simply have trouble relaxing in the dental office. The treatment is completed more quickly, as patient comfort is easily maintained. Appointments are shorter, and patients leave the office before the lingering effects of the medication are completely worn off.

What dental care are you putting off due to time commitments or dental anxiety? Putting care off longer will only cause conditions to worsen and can jeopardize the health of your mouth. Talk to your dentist today about scheduling an oral sedation appointment!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Jun
4

Light Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide has been used in dentistry for years and years. It is one of the quickest and safest methods of sedation dentistry that helps patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedures. No matter what type of treatment is being completed, nitrous oxide can almost always be requested by the patient. Many people don’t realize that they can ask for it even during a simple visit like a cleaning!

The way nitrous oxide is delivered (inhalation) makes the rapid onset and termination of the gas very straightforward and easy to achieve. For most people, breathing in the gas combined with a rich oxygen airflow is easy. The only time it is typically contraindicated is when the patient has a difficult time breathing through their nose, due to allergies or sinus congestion. Within about 5 minutes, most patients begin to feel their muscles relax, and a warm feeling through their fingers and toes. From children to adults, nitrous is useful on patients of all ages! Many children that have laughing gas during their procedure never even realize that they are receiving anesthetics or having their tooth prepared. As soon as the treatment is completed, patients are placed on 100% oxygen for at least 5 minutes. This allows all nitrous oxide gas to clear their respiratory and circulatory systems, and for the effects to be completely reversed. Adults are capable of driving themselves home or back to work.

It is extremely safe to use nitrous oxide in the dental office. Only licensed professionals can monitor a patient that has been given nitrous by the dentist. A team member will sit with the patient at all times, constantly monitoring vital signs until the use of the gas has been completed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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