While we hope for all our patients to enjoy themselves while at our office, we recognize that’s just not possible for everyone. A large number of patients suffer from dental anxiety, and have for the majority of their lives. But while fear of dental treatment can feel all-encompassing, it doesn’t have to take control of your life or your activities. Even years of anxiety can be overturned with a positive experience at the office. And with the aid of dental sedation, our Callao practice aims to give you just that.
Forms of Dental Sedation and Their Effects
Depending on your case, we’ll recommend different forms of sedation. No matter the type of sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home from your appointment, as it won’t be safe for you to get behind the wheel.
IV sedation – This form of sedation is often referred to as “twilight” or “sleep” sedation. It places patients in a state of relaxation so deep that they may not remember the full course of treatment. But patients receiving IV sedation aren’t unaware of what’s going on – they’re able to talk to their dentists and respond as they normally would. They simply come away from the appointment without a negative impression.
Oral conscious sedation – This is taken as a pill, a certain amount of time before the appointment. That way, the anti-anxiety effects will have taken hold by the time treatment is underway. Oral conscious sedation’s effects may last longer than the appointment time, and will make patients feel very calm.
Nitrous oxide – Inhaled as a gas, this form of sedation induces a euphoria for the length of treatment. It wears off quickly and has little side effect.
Dental Anesthesia and Your Treatment
It’s also important to make a distinction between dental sedation and dental anesthesia. While sedation is for patients hoping to tame their nerves, anesthetic is offered to every patient who is undergoing an invasive procedure. We don’t want anyone to feel pain while in the dental chair. Anesthesia blocks communication between nerves and the treatment site, to prevent any discomfort.
If you’re feeling anxious about your next appointment, talk to our team about sedation. It’s possible for you to feel completely comfortable in the dental chair!
In need of immediate care?
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