Keep Calm: Dental Sedation Basics

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keep-calm-dental-sedation-basicsThere are many parts of your dental hygiene routine that you handle every day, without giving them a second thought. You brush and floss. Your come in for checkups and cleanings, and are glad to greet us with smile. But for many of us, that confidence and calm can retreat at the thought of having any sort of dental procedure. Dental sedation options mean that you do not have to be anxious or fearful as you get the dental care you need. 

Option One: Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is known as “laughing gas” because it gives an overall feeling of well being. It won’t make you laugh uncontrollably or reveal any deep secrets, but it will help you feel relaxed during a dental procedure. Because nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and wears off quickly it is a good choice for those who want to drive themselves to and from an appointment. In most cases, patients can return to work after a procedure, if they choose to.

Option Two: Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a deeper form of sedation than nitrous oxide. You will take a prescription medication a few hours before your appointment. Oral sedation has a more significant and long lasting effect than nitrous oxide. You may not clearly remember some things that happen during your procedure. You will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment.

More Notes on Sedation

We may discuss combining oral sedation and nitrous oxide for some patients or for some procedures. Our goal is that you be comfortable during your procedure, while keeping your overall health in mind. There are a few conditions we may need to take into account. For example, if you are pregnant, and the procedure is not immediately necessary, we may suggest waiting. We may be able to adjust the oral medication in the case of an allergy. We will discuss your specific situation with you in detail, prior to moving forward with a sedation choice.