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 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.
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.