How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Sedation dentistry uses oral, inhaled, or IV medications to relieve a patient's anxiety during a dental procedure. With sedation treatment, we can treat even the most nervous patient and provide them with a relaxing, comfortable dental experience with no need for negative anticipation.

When you experience sedation dentistry, you will feel comfortable and calm throughout your procedure. Even people with intense anxiety or phobia can relax while they are in the dentist's chair.


Sedation Options Available

At South Florida Sedation Dentistry, we specialize in treating patients who need sedation and offer several options:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is also called "laughing gas." The dentist uses a small mask placed over your nose to administer the gas. When you breathe in the nitrous oxide gas, you will feel calm and sometimes euphoric. You will stay awake during the procedure but will be very relaxed.

One significant benefit of nitrous oxide sedation is that the recovery time is so quick that you can drive home from your appointment and return immediately to your daily routine.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious oral sedation is deeper than nitrous oxide. The dentist will prescribe oral medication which you will take prior to your appointment, so it has time to work. You will feel groggy but calm during your appointment. You will need to be driven to and from your appointment by a responsible adult and spend the remainder of the day resting.

Conscious IV Sedation

Conscious IV sedation is another level above conscious oral sedation. You will receive an intravenous medication that relaxes you to the point where you may not remember your appointment. However, you will still be able to respond to the dentist's requests during treatment.


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for many patients who find dental visits difficult. The benefits of sedation dentistry include:

Better Oral Health

Patients are less likely to miss appointments due to anxiety and fear. When they attend all their scheduled cleanings and restorative appointments, they will have less tooth decay and a lower chance of developing gum disease.

Safer Procedures

Sudden movements could cause difficulties. It will be safer if the patient sits still and relaxes during the procedure.

Convenience for Longer Appointments

Lengthy procedures can be tiring, even if a patient does not have severe dental anxiety. Sedation helps appointments go by quickly.

Possible Risks of Dental Sedation

Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients. Talk to your primary care doctor before your planned procedure to find out whether you have any risk factors that might contraindicate sedation.


Contact South Florida Sedation Dentistry

We can help you feel comfortable about getting dental procedures and ensure that your oral health stays a priority. If you are anxious about dental visits or have a lengthy procedure planned, ask us about our sedation options. Give our office a call at 561-967-2001.

What You Should Know About IV Sedation Dentistry

Do you suffer from anxiety, fear, or nervousness before dentist appointments? If so, you’re not alone—millions of Americans suffer from dental phobia or an overwhelming fear of going to the dentist. IV sedation dentistry, also known as conscious sedation, can help ease your dental anxiety and make even the most uncomfortable dental procedures much easier to deal with. IV sedation dentistry isn’t right for everyone, but it might be right for you. 


What is IV Sedation Dentistry?

IV sedation dentistry is a dental procedure in which the patient is given intravenous medications that make them feel relaxed and comfortable. IV sedation dentistry should not be confused with general anesthesia, which makes the patient unconscious during the procedure. With IV sedation dentistry, you will be alert enough to follow simple directions. The drugs only put you into a state of relaxation so that your worries and fears will melt away while we work on your dental health.

How Does it Work?

The drug is administered through a IV inserted into the vein of your arm. It takes effect quickly, so you'll be relaxed and more comfortable before any work begins. IV sedation dentistry can also be used for other medical procedures like colonoscopies or skin biopsies.

What Are the Benefits?

The benefits of IV sedation dentistry are numerous. Here are a few reasons why you should consider this form of sedation before your dental procedure. 


How Do I Prepare for my Appointment?

The first thing you need to do is set up an appointment to visit with the dentist for IV sedation dentistry. This will ensure that the dentist can schedule the correct time around your needs and go through the proper protocols that will need to be followed. You'll also want to tell your dentist if there are any medications or allergies that they should be aware of, as well as any medical conditions that could affect the procedure. Before your appointment, make sure that you do not eat or drink anything twelve hours prior to your actual treatment visit. 

Who is a Candidate for IV Sedation Dentistry?

Anyone who suffers from dental anxiety or has difficulty tolerating the feeling of being in a dentist's chair could consider IV sedation dentistry. With this treatment, you'll be able to receive the dental care that you need without any unpleasant side effects. In fact, patients often experience relaxation, relief, and no memory of their  dental visit. Talk with your dentist about IV sedation before your next appointment.

Sedation Dentistry in West Palm Beach

South Florida Sedation Dentistry is a full-service dental practice and offers a range of different sedation options. To make an appointment, call us at 561-967-2001 or request an appointment online.