For many people, the thought of going to the dentist can be a daunting one. These apprehensions may be accompanied by fears of judgment, pain, and the unknown. In many cases, dental phobia causes people to avoid going to the dentist altogether, which can lead to dental problems that are more serious in the future. This is where sedation dentistry can help.
To learn more about dental sedation, we invite you to read below! This may be just what you need to get the dental care necessary to ensure your smile health for a lifetime. Contact our Indianapolis, IN office if you would like to request sedation for your next visit!
What is Sedation Dentistry?
The field of sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Sedation can be used for a variety of dental procedures, including but not limited to: teeth cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, and extractions.
Sedation dentistry can be a great option for patients who have dental anxiety or who need to have multiple dental procedures done at one time. It can help make the dental experience more relaxing and positive for the patient.
The Different Types of Sedation
There are different types of sedatives that can be used in sedation dentistry. The type of sedation chosen will depend on the dental procedure being done, the severity of the patient’s dental anxiety, and other factors. Overall, the goal is to help the patient relax and feel comfortable during the dental procedure. We will ensure that the type of sedation chosen is appropriate for each patient, as well as their procedure.
The types of sedation that are available in our office are listed below.
Nitrous oxide is a minimal type of sedation that is inhaled through the nose during a dental procedure. The sedative will ease anxiety, help the patient feel relaxed, and may even make them a little lightheaded. While the gas is effective in relaxing the patient, it also allows them to be alert and conscious of any direction the dentist may need to give.
After the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide will quickly wear off and the patient will be able to drive themselves home. This makes it an ideal type of sedation for patients with busy lives who may need to return to work or school following the dental visit.
Oral sedation is a deeper level of sedation that is taken in pill form before the patient’s dental appointment. The pill will help the patient to feel relaxed and anxiety-free during their procedure; patients may also experience a drowsy, dream-like state.
It is important to note that patients who are receiving oral sedation will not be able to drive themselves home after the appointment, as the effects of the medication may linger for a few hours following their procedure.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
There are many benefits of sedation dentistry that can be appealing to patients who have dental anxiety or who need to have multiple dental procedures in one visit. Some of the benefits include:
- Relaxation: The main benefit of sedation dentistry is that it helps patients to feel relaxed during their dental procedure. This can be beneficial for patients who have a fear of the dentist or who have had negative experiences in the past.
- Anxiety relief: Sedation dentistry can help to ease anxiety and make the dental experience more positive for patients. Over time, this can help to build the confidence of the patient—assuring them that there is nothing to be afraid of.
- Quicker procedures: Certain dental procedures can be accelerated with sedation. This is because the dentist can focus entirely on the procedure, without taking breaks to accommodate an anxious or fidgety patient.