If you’re like the 15% of Americans (around 30 – 40 million people) that fear routine dental visits, you like for the office to make you feel at home and comfortable, especially when in the chair. We absolutely understand that with fear of dental offices is usually paired with anxiety of them as well but that’s where sedation dentistry comes in and saves the day!
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Typically, with most sedation options, we’ll administer a medication prior to your dental procedure. If needed, we will also administer medication while you wait in the chair for us to start and also during your dental procedure if you feel you need more medication.
The most common types of Sedation Dentistry are the following:
• Intravenous Sedatives: This option is also known as ‘general anesthesia’ is the most extreme option and puts most patients into a deep sleep until the medication wears off after the procedure. There are a few different types of drugs that can be taken through an IV, the drugs that are less powerful than general anesthesia usually put most patients into a ‘twilight sleep’.
• Oral Sedatives: These usually help most folks relax a significant amount thanks to medications that are targeted for procedures like these. You would typically take these about an hour prior to your appointment for them to take full effect and ease your anxiety.
• Nitrous Oxide: This is the most common level of medicating patients for procedures in our dental office. It is a gas that relaxes you and it does tend to wear off rather quickly. Depending on how you’re feeling we let most patients drive home after having nitrous oxide.
Patients Who Need Sedation Dentistry Often Experience:
• General anxiety towards dentistry.
• Bad dental experiences in the past at other offices.
• Small mouth that tends to become sore during dental procedures.
• Resistance to local anesthetic.
Prior to making a final decision, it is important that you look at all your options and consider what fears you might have towards your specific procedure. For example, if you fear needles, IV sedation may bring about more anxiety for you than the actual dental work itself. If you’d like to be more alert during your procedure, consider requesting a local anesthetic to best suit you.
Some patients have been known to put off dental work for years because of extreme fear of pain or fears about other aspects of the procedure – sleep dentistry is recommended in these extreme cases. It is important to not put off significant dental work, no matter the reason. Problems get worse as time goes along and we have a qualified team to help you right here in our office.
If you fall into any of these categories that we’ve mentioned and feel that sedation dentistry might be right for you, we strongly consider contacting Dr. Chang’s office to learn more about the wonder of sedation dentistry.