Don't let dental anxiety stop your from making regular dentist checkups. Sedation dentistry is an option if you suffer from severe anxiety. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation work only to calm your anxiety throughout the dental visit.
Most sedatives can be taken by mouth - so no needles. Some sedatives work so effectively, the details of the procedures are soon forgotten - never to be recalled again. Here's a quick overview of the most common sedatives:
Often called "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is a mild sedative delivered via inhalation. It elevates your mood, relieves anxiety, and reduces pain during your procedure. There are few side effects, but you might experience some tingling and numbness.
Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation, and patients who have experienced it often reportfeeling that they slept through their procedure. There are needles involved, as it is administered via injection. Make sure you bring a designated driver or call an Uber to get home, and IV sedation can leave you feeling groggy and sleepy.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This option is perfect for people who are afraid of needles. Oral sedatives do not cause sleep; they dull the senses. This means patients rarely remember pain, smells, or noises from the procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns, regarding sedation dentistry, please stop by for a visit or give us a call!