Many children and adults alike have a fear of the dentist, and sometimes that can lead them to avoiding dental care even when it’s badly needed. Our staff at Healthy Smiles Dental Care will do everything they can to make you feel at home during your appointment, but for those that need a little extra help staying calm during treatment, we offer a number of sedation options. Be sure to ask about dental sedation when you call our office to schedule your next visit.
You’ll be given a pill along with instructions for when to take it. You’ll usually be asked to ingest it a matter of hours before the actual appointment, so be sure to have someone you can trust to drive you to and from your dental appointment. You’ll be drowsy, but not unconscious; you’ll still be able to answer simple questions and follow directions as needed. This type of sedation tends to be suitable for those with more severe dental phobias or anxieties.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a particularly well-known type of sedation that is delivered through a special nasal mask. It can be used to help relieve pain and keep patients calm during a given procedure. We’ll carefully monitor you throughout the visit to make sure that you are receiving the right amount of gas at all times. The effects of the gas go away quickly after the mask has been removed, meaning you can move on with the rest of your day as normal.
The anti-anxiety drug will be delivered to your bloodstream. This type of sedation is known as “twilight” or “sleep” dentistry, although you won’t actually fall asleep. You’ll simply be completely at peace to the point where you don’t care about what is going on around you. Many patients who undergo IV sedation find that they don’t remember the procedure at all later. Make sure you have someone else to drive you home, as you’re likely to still be groggy for the rest of the day after the procedure.