What You Need to Know About Dental Sedation

Many people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Because of this, some suffer dental problems that would have been avoided if they made trips to the dentist at least twice a year. If you, too, are uncomfortable with the idea of visiting your dentist for a treatment, then you should know that there is another option for you – dental sedation.

Not all methods of sedation dentistry involve actually putting patients to sleep. At Pickering Square Dental, there are a number of options for you to consider. There are techniques that can be used to make you calm before and during a procedure or simply more comfortable during procedures that last for hours. Don’t mistake dental sedation as the pain management like numbing creams and shots that dentists give. In fact, if you fear getting an injection in the gums and dental sedation can help calm you down. But that is not the only type of sedation. Read on to know more about the different types of sedation dentistry!


Oral Sedation

For oral sedation, the patient takes a prescribed sedative before the dental procedure. Depending on the case, the patient may need to take one pill the night before or up to an hour before the procedure. The patient is awake but significantly relaxed during the procedure when using an oral sedative. Those who have a high level of anxiety can benefit from this type of sedation dentistry. We will determine (depending on your case). It is mandatory to have a family member or friend with you to drive you home as it will not be safe to drive yourself when you take an oral sedative.


Laughing Gas

Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is commonly used to help patients relax during dental procedures. It may be used on its own or in addition to oral sedation. Patients remain conscious while breathing in laughing gas. Because it wears off quickly after you stop breathing it in, you will most probably be allowed to drive yourself home after your procedure.


IV Sedation

There are a few variations for IV sedation. One leaves the patient conscious but not very aware of what is going on in his or her surroundings. It makes the patient sleepy and should he or she falls asleep, the dentist can wake him or her up easily. Then there is general anesthesia, which is not that common but is necessary in some cases. This is often considered for use for patients who will undergo an extensive oral surgery or those who are resistant to other varieties of sedation. This type of sedation is administered only in a hospital or a specialized and licensed clinic. The patient is totally unconscious when under general anesthesia.


Do You Need Sedation Dentistry?

If you have any concerns or if you are feeling anxious about your upcoming dental work, you can give Pickering Square Dental a call so we can determine the best sedation dentistry option for you!


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