Our guests having positive experiences and being comfortable during any type of treatment at Dental Studio is of the utmost importance to our team. One way to help keep our patients comfortable is with sedation. This service can be used for those fearful of dental treatment or for those receiving procedures that are more invasive. There are different types of medicines used in sedation dentistry and each type has benefits for particular treatments.
Why Sedation is Used
Sedation can be used for a couple reasons. The objective of sedation is to maintain a person’s level of comfort throughout a procedure. Sedation dentistry is also useful for treatments that require stillness so that our dentist can work without obstruction. In addition to keeping patients comfortable during treatment, sedation is also helpful for those with dental phobias and anxieties.
Types of Sedation
Different types of sedation produce varying levels of effects, and therefore, the type of procedure being performed and what a patient’s needs are dictates the type of sedation utilized. There are three types of sedation offered at our practice: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and conscious sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that has been used as a mild anesthetic for over a century in both medical and dental settings. This gas' effects begin quickly and wear off fast when it is no longer being administered. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” because of its euphoric effects, is delivered through a soft nasal mask.
Oral sedation involves taking prescription medication in tablet form. This form of sedation does affect motor skills and will cause drowsiness in many patients. Since this medication is stronger than nitrous oxide, patients will need to arrange for transportation home from their appointments.
Conscious sedation also utilizes prescription medication but it is delivered intravenously. While the medication is very strong and many patients do doze off, they are not unresponsive. People receiving conscious sedation can respond to questions and commands.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
Sedation dentistry can be incredibly beneficial. Whether you have mild dental phobias or are receiving complex treatment, sedation can be a tool for having a positive experience during treatment. When determining the type of sedation a patient should have, our dentists will take a person’s general health and medical history into account. We invite you to have a conversation with our dental team at your next appointment to find out if you will benefit from sedation.
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