Will I Need Recovery Time if I Use Sedation During my Dental Procedure?

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If you suffer from dental fears or phobias, you are not alone. In fact, fears and anxiety related to dental procedures is very common among many patients. Fortunately, sedation dentistry offered by our gentle and caring dentists can promote a worry- and stress-free experience so that you can receive the dental care you require to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

The most common method of sedation involves administering nitrous oxide gas through a small nasal mask. This type of sedation is fast acting and quick to wear off after treatment. Used by dentists for more than a century, nitrous oxide is known to produce feelings of serenity and euphoria without long-lasting and lingering effects. In fact, after receiving nitrous oxide, patients can drive themselves home after its effects wear off.

Another method of sedation that is popular among fearful patients is the use of orally administered sedatives. These prescription medicines belong to a family of anti-anxiety drugs that are specifically designed to promote relaxation by blocking anxiety-causing chemicals released by the brain. The exact medicine you take will depend on your unique needs and the nature of your procedure. Your dentist will discuss your medical history with you to help determine the proper dosage and medication for you.

The third most common method used in sedation dentistry is intravenous sedation. IV sedation is normally reserved for long, complex procedures or for patients with severe anxiety. This form of sedation is also useful for procedures that require a patient to remain still during treatment. Administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist, IV sedation is highly controlled. The effects of the medication work quickly because they are delivered intravenously and the dosage can be adjusted if needed. Patients’ vitals are continuously monitored during IV sedation as a safety precaution.

When it comes to using oral and IV sedation, patients will need to have a family member or friend take them to and from their appointment because these methods produce lingering effects.

To discuss sedation dentistry with our dental team, call our practice today.