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Why People Without Dental Phobia Are Trying Sedation Dentistry

Have you been seeing more ads for “sleep dentistry?”

It’s becoming a popular selling point for dental offices targeting a population of fearful patients.

While most of us don’t exactly enjoy the prospect of dental work, not everyone has a morbid fear of the dentist. Even so, you might be surprised to see how “sleep dentistry” can make the experience a lot more pleasant for anyone.

What Happens When You “Sleep?”

Actually, you aren’t really sleeping your way through treatment.

Dental sedation isn’t the same thing as general sedation which knocks you out cold. Instead, it relaxes you to a point that you no longer feel anxiety. Even your ability to feel pain is dulled.

The sedative usually comes as a pill or syrup taken before the appointment or an IV medication administered during treatment.

Most people have little memory of their appointment after having sedation. This is in spite of the fact that they were fully conscious, albeit rather woozy. As a result, they “wake up” feeling like they napped through the process.

Thus the “sleep” dentistry!

Why Give Sedation Dentistry A Try?

If you’ve never had trouble with a simple filling so far, why would you bother trying out dental sedation?

Simply, it comes in handy for really long appointments. If you don’t feel like sitting bored for an hour or two for your next root canal, some sedation can make it pass like two minutes. This is also a great way to get multiple projects (remember those three fillings and two crowns you’re due for?) done in one sitting.

Ask your dentist today how a little sedation could improve your next appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Horizon Dental Care
1615 Williams Dr.
Georgetown, TX 78628


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


What Is It Like to Experience Laughing Gas?

If you’ve never had laughing gas, you’re probably curious about how it feels. And if you’re anxious about dental treatment, how could laughing gas improve your next appointment?

What Is Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas is the layman’s term for nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen gas. These two gases flow through a delivery system and soft nosepiece to the patient. They are controlled so that you can adjust their levels as needed.

A trained and qualified dental professional administers the gas while you relax in the chair. You will be given just enough nitrogen so that you get the sedative benefits it offers. Your oxygen level will be closely monitored so that you remain fully conscious.

What You Will Experience

The nitrogen is safe to breathe in and it has no lasting effects on your body. You’ll be back to normal within minutes after your procedure. While you are inhaling it, however, it alters your perception of what’s going on around you.

Patients report a variety of sensations. You may also experience things like:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Tingling or lack of sensation in your limbs
  • Blurred vision
  • A relaxed feeling
  • Foggy memory
  • And, sometimes, a case of the giggles!

Who Can Benefit

This sedation technique is used to relieve anxiety and dull pain perception. A local anesthetic would also be used, if needed, but the laughing gas will help you to not mind the needles a single bit. Children, individuals with special needs, and anyone with dental anxiety can benefit from the help of a little laughing gas. Ask your dentist about the sedation techniques available during your next visit.

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


What Is Conscious Sedation?

Have you heard about the use of conscious sedation in dentistry? If you struggle with dental anxiety or have a lengthy dental procedure coming up, then sedation could really boost the comfort-level of your appointment.

What can you expect with conscious sedation, and how is it done? Getting some answers can help ease your mind before your next treatment session.

Medication for Sedation

Conscious sedation is typically a prescription medication that’s a combination of an anesthetic and a sedative. This medication is usually oral, and you will be directed to take it at a specific time in advance of your procedure.

What You May Experience

You don’t need to worry that you’ll be out cold! Under conscious sedation, you will still be awake. You will feel drowsy, but relaxed. You should be able to answer questions and respond to direction even during the procedure. The sedation will help you to neither feel nor care about things like drilling and shots of local anesthetic.

Most patients feel like they just woke up from a nap after a sedation appointment. You will probably only remember bits and pieces of your procedure. It should feel just like a dream that passed by quickly!

Sedation Considerations

You will be carefully monitored during your procedure for any unusual reactions, but some precautions must be taken. Prepare for your sedation appointment by:

  • Discussing your current medications and sedation options with your doctor
  • Having a friend or family member ready to drive you home afterwards
  • Arriving on-time for your appointment
  • Following the dentist’s directions for pre- and post-procedure care

Contact your dentist before your next scheduled procedure to discuss your sedation options. With sedation, you can experience a lot more satisfaction with your dental care!

Posted on behalf of:
Pristine Dental
555 Providence Hwy #2
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 734-7056

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