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How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?

Are you curious how long dental sedation will “knock you out?” For starters, which kind of dental sedation do you plan on having? The human body responds differently to each kind.

Nitrous Oxide

Better known as laughing gas, nitrogen is administered via a hose that you breathe in from. It’s mixed with oxygen and delivered slowly until it achieves the optimum effect on you. Then, trained dental staff closely monitor you and maintain that level of comfort with the inhaled gas.

As soon as your treatment is done, the dentist or assistant will switch you back to oxygen until the gas mixture has left your system. Within a matter of minutes, you’re back to normal.

Oral Sedation

Some dental offices will give you a medication to take about an hour before treatment. That’s how long it takes for the sedative to kick in. The drug will stay in your system for nearly 24 hours, but it is only fully effective for about two to four hours until it starts wearing off.

Even if you feel back to your usual self soon after your dental sedation appointment, it’s still advised to avoid driving for the rest of the day.

IV Sedation

Much like nitrous oxide, IV-administered sedation is kept at a constant level for as long as treatment lasts. This kind is best for lengthy procedures since it can be delivered continuously without worry of it wearing off. Once your treatment is done, the IV is stopped.

The effects of IV sedation begin to fade almost immediately, but you will feel woozy for some time. You should have a companion escort you home after treatment and keep an eye on you for some time.

Ask your dentist which dental sedation method is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565


Why Choose a Sedation Dentist?

Although it may sound like something just for children, phobia-sufferers, or special needs patients, sedation dentistry holds out benefits for everyone.

More dentists these days are offering sedation at their practices to improve the treatment experience.

What Does Dental Sedation Actually Do?

Dental sedation doesn’t make you unconscious. Instead, it just alters your awareness slightly enough so that you can relax. You may nod off on your own, but you won’t be completely put under.

Sedation dentistry aims to keep you comfortable. With the help of some medication, you probably won’t remember much about your procedure once it’s over with.

There are different ways you can be sedated. These include inhaling laughing gas, taking a prescription oral medication, or having a sedative slowly introduced to your body via an IV drip.

5 Basic Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

  • Reduced sensation helps to dull pain
  • Dozing through your treatment makes it go by faster
  • Sedation makes you feel relaxed and limits the effects of anxiety on your body
  • You can get complicated or multiple procedures finished in one appointment
  • If you have a strong gag-reflex, that will be dulled with sedation

Clearly, just about anyone can benefit from dental sedation. Why not give it a try at your next procedure to see what difference it makes for you?

A Sedation Dentist Near You

Ready to try sedation dentistry?

Talk with your local dentist to find out the options available in your area. Relief from your dental anxiety is just a brief phone call away. After setting up an initial consultation with your dentist, you can freely express your concerns and discuss a sedation option that’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Seneca Family Dentistry
2860 Seneca St Suite C
Wichita, KS 67217
(316) 633-4048


Relax – Sedation Dentistry is What You’ve Been Waiting For

Do you get nervous when it comes to making a trip to the dentist? Regardless of what the visit is for, many people find themselves getting “white coat syndrome” as soon as they walk through the front door. Their blood pressure goes up, they feel uneasy, and may even tend to feel jumpy when they have a dentist looking around their mouth. Some people feel anxiety but just suppress it because they are embarrassed.

If you feel nervous – you are not alone. Many people truly dislike having dental treatment due to a previous experience of because their teeth are causing them discomfort already. That’s when sedation dentistry comes into play. Almost every patient is a candidate for sedation dentistry, and it’s a great option when you’re uncomfortable sitting through a dental appointment.

Sedation dentistry is typically used for circumstances like:

  • Completing large amounts of treatment in one visit
  • Patients who want to tune out what is going on during their treatment
  • People who feel nervous about going to the dentist
  • Instances where maximum comfort is a concern

The types of sedation dentistry available will vary from office to office, but the 3 main types of sedation include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. All 3 treatments have different advantages that make them better for certain types of patients. What’s right for you might not be the best option for someone else. The best way to find out about the sedation dentistry options available to you is to talk with your dentist and let them know your primary comfort concerns. Your dentist is committed to your comfort, and you’ll be glad that you asked!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates



Creating a Positive Dental Experience for Patients with Autism

Dentists who treat special needs dental patients work closely with their patients that have autism to create a dental experience that meets unique needs and creates a comfortable environment for them. Because autism spectrum disorder can reflect a variety of different levels of autism, it’s important that each patient’s parent or care-giver let the dental office know what methods of routine or communication work best for the needs of the patient.

Some of the primary things that dentists implement during visits with these patients are the same for anyone that has autism. First of all, they allow those patients to schedule all of their appointments at a time that fits best with their personal routine. Many autistic patients can be thrown off by change in routine, so we want to tailor appointment times to help minimize routine disruption.

After the patient is escorted back, the office will do their best to minimize extra noises from equipment. Noise-canceling headphones may be appropriate for patients that do not mind wearing them. Wearing a lead apron during the treatment can also help create a sense of security and warmth, helping the patient stays seated for the time that is needed. If the patient has a weighted blanket, vest, or lap pad that they are already using, they may want to bring it to use instead of the lead apron, since it is more familiar to them.

Communication can be different for these patients as well, so it helps dental professionals to hear from the parent or caregiver about what methods work best. “First and then” photo cards can help explain to non-verbal or visual patients better about the care that is being performed that day.

In-office or hospital sedation are also great choices for any patient, including those with autism, that have anxiety about care or are unable to sit through a typical treatment visit. Most sedation appointments allow the dentist to complete all treatment during a single appointment.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman



Sedation Dentists

There are many reasons why people choose to be sedated for a dental visit. Some parents choose sedation dentistry for their children who have extreme anxiety about sitting in the dentist’s chair and having their teeth scraped, poked, and cleaned. Adults often have dental phobia, and sedation dentistry helps them to relax during a cleaning.

Sedation dentists have also had a very high success rate in treating patients with physical or mental disabilities which makes it extremely difficult for them to handle a dental appointment. And there are also cosmetic and more complex procedures which warrant sedation to help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Contrary to some people’s opinions, sedation dentistry is not for the “weak” or “scared.” Sedation dentistry if helpful for many different reasons. Any issue that makes it challenging to receive dental care can be a detriment to good oral health. Dental phobia, a severe gag reflex, or general discomfort from a visit to the dentist can be helped by a sedation dentist. Sedation dentists understand the fear and anxiety that a cleaning, or having a cavity filled, or other procedures can cause. That is why they are compassionate and are specifically trained to administer oral sedatives in the comfort of a dental office.

Sedation dentists offer a full range of dental care for adults, children, and those with disabilities. From preventative care, to general cleanings, to restorative and cosmetic dental care, sedation dentists can provide the appropriate combination of local anesthesia and, if needed, oral sedatives to help patients relax and remain comfortable.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman




Sedation Dentistry

Lets be honest, most people do not look forward to a dentist visit.  In fact, often people will put off routine checkups for years, because of a fear of discomfort during either a dental exam or a routine dental procedure. While dental procedures are generally painless due to the use of excellent local anesthetics, they do not relieve the anxiety some people feel during a dentist visit.  When routine exams are put off, relatively minor dental issues often become major issues.  Sedation dentistry (also called sleep dentistry) is an excellent option for those patients with a fear of visiting the dentist!

During a dentist visit where sedation dentistry is practiced, the dentist will administer either a drug or series of drugs and gases to completely relax the patient, before the work is performed.  Depending on the level of sedation, the patient may be conscious and able to respond to questions, but will often be so relaxed that they will fall asleep during the procedure. In some cases, a deeper level of unconscious sedation is appropriate.  The sedation dentist will be monitoring the patient’s vital signs including breathing, blood pressure and heart rate throughout the entire process.

One of the great things about sedation dentistry is that often the dentist will be able to correct multiple issues during a single visit.  Once the procedure is complete and the anesthetic wears off, the patient usually has no memory of the procedure at all.  One thing to remember is that you will not be allowed to drive afterwards, so the patient will need to have someone with them during the sedation dental visit.  There is no need to be anxious about a dentist any longer!

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman


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