Some people simply can’t handle the stress of being in a dentist’s chair – and that’s okay. Your discomfort shouldn’t get in the way of receiving the oral care you deserve. Tools like oral sedation and nitrous oxide allow you to relax through your dental visit, minimizing your fear and anxiety in a safe, effective way. Many have found sedation dentistry to be the solution they need to make sure they maintain their best oral health without the added pressure.
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How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
Sedation can be administered in the form of an oral sedative or by inhaling nitrous oxide. Sedation can be mild, moderate, or deep – the dentist will decide with you which option is best based on your level of anxiety and the scope of work that needs to be done. Once the sedative is administered, you’ll typically feel extremely relaxed or even drift off to sleep. What a refreshing change!
Do you have anxiety when you even hear the word “dentist?” What about a hypersensitive gag reflex that doesn’t respond well to local anesthetics? If so, these issues make you a prime candidate.
Other individuals who can benefit greatly are children with dental stress and patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairments that impede the ability to understand what’s happening during visits.
Are There Side Effects?
Sedation dentistry has been extensively studied, so the safety of the practice is well-documented. Most patients will experience retrograde amnesia, which make the details of the dental visit unclear. There may be a decrease in soreness from the dental work that was performed while under sedation. Dry mouth is very common afterwards, and some patients experience hiccups after the visit is over.
Preparing for Sedation Dentistry
Since you’ll be under sedation during the visit, you may still be groggy after it’s over. For this reason, it’s important to arrange a ride from the dentist’s office and plan to spend the rest of the day at home.
You may also be instructed to avoid eating or drinking for a certain number of hours prior to the visit. It’s important to tell the dentist about any medications and herbal supplements you are taking, as these may alter the sedative’s effectiveness.
The team at Eagle Harbor Dental is more than happy to discuss whether oral sedation or nitrous oxide is right for you. Schedule a consultation today.
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