Many people fear the dentist because they associate it with pain and discomfort, especially when having complex procedures performed. If the thought of going to the dentist makes you anxious and nervous, it can be hard to get the care you need for a healthy smile. However, sedation dentistry can help patients who suffer from dental anxiety. With sedation dentistry options available, you can get the treatment you want without the added stress or tension at Foothill Dental Care.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Deep Sedation/ Sleep Dentistry
Deep sedation is a type of sedation dentistry that involves the use of medication to induce a state of deep relaxation or sleep during dental procedures. It is particularly helpful for patients who experience high levels of anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist.
During deep sedation, an anesthesiologist administers and monitors the sedative medication while the dentist carries out the necessary dental work. This ensures that both aspects – sedation and dentistry – are handled by professionals specialized in their respective fields.
Oral sedation is sometimes used to help patients relax during dental procedures and is usually offered in the form of a pill taken about an hour before the procedure. This form of sedation dentistry allows you to remain awake during your process, but you will feel more relaxed and at ease. You can respond to the dentist’s questions if necessary, but you won’t feel anxious about the procedure itself. You will still be conscious throughout the treatment process and can follow instructions from your dentist while feeling very relaxed.
Nitrous Oxide/ Laughing gas
Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, plays a pivotal role in the field of sedation dentistry. This remarkable substance has revolutionized the dental experience for countless patients by inducing a state of deep relaxation and alleviating the anxiety associated with dental procedures. Laughing gas or nitrous oxide gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a breathing mask. The gas is mild and doesn’t cause any significant side effects, making it a popular option for adults and children.
The administration process is meticulous and ensures precise control over the level of sedation experienced by each patient. By carefully adjusting the nitrous oxide concentration inhaled through a comfortably fitted mask, dentists provide an optimal balance between pain relief and consciousness maintenance throughout treatment sessions. Furthermore, this wonder gas acts swiftly to induce feelings of euphoria and well-being while diminishing any discomfort or distress caused by dental interventions. Under its influence, patients feel at ease while their dentists work diligently to restore their oral health. Some people become lightheaded or slightly nauseated from nitrous oxide. This often goes away once you stop inhaling the gas. It’s normal to feel relaxed while under the effects of nitrous oxide.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
No one should ever avoid going to the dentist out of fear. Whether you have susceptible teeth or are somewhat apprehensive about your procedure, our experienced dentists can walk you through your options and find a sedation method that works for you. From mild oral sedatives to more advanced sleep dentistry methods where patients receive intravenous medication and even general anesthesia, we can help you get your smile back on track!
Get in touch with Foothill Dental Care: Jean Lee, DDS, at 6581 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042, or call (818) 353-1125 for more information about our sedation options and how we can help you relax during your next dental appointment.