Sedation dentistry is the use of drugs during dental procedures to minimize pain and relieve anxiety by inducing sleepiness. There are various methods and levels of sedation, each with their unique benefits and optimal uses.
The three sedation options offered by Dr. Denny are nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation. Implant placements, tooth extractions, or root canals are examples of dental treatments in which you may opt for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is also an excellent option for patients who have a dental phobia or anxiety to help them stay relaxed even through routine procedures.
Nitrous oxide is the mildest type of sedation. If used for your procedure, Dr. Denny will place a nose mask on your face through which the nitrous oxide is administered. It will put you into a relaxed state, while reducing pain and anxiety.
Oral sedation is the use of a prescription medication written for you by Dr. Denny which is taken by mouth prior to the start of your procedure. It is used to put you into a state of deep calm. However, the effect can last several hours after taking. Therefore, it is essential to have someone available to drive you both to your procedure and back home afterwards.
Intravenous sedation is the strongest form of sedation Dr. Denny offers. IV sedation is helpful for patients who are undergoing long or complex procedures like oral surgery or restorative work. Patients generally experience amnesia during and after the operation. Therefore, the patient is continuously monitored throughout the process. If required, more medication can be given to the patient to ensure their comfort and relaxation.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- One of the biggest benefits of sedation dentistry is reducing or eliminating the anxiety that you could experience during a dental procedure. It is not unusual for patients to put off appointments because of the fear of having work done.
- Sedation dentistry also greatly reduces any pain associated with dental procedures.
- It also helps reduce a patient's gag reflex by decreasing or eliminating tooth and gum sensitivity.
- When you are in a more relaxed and calm state, it will allow your dentist to work faster and more efficiently, which means less time spent in the dentist's chair and more time on the road to recovery.
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