Dental sedation is a necessary part of many dental surgeries. But we know it can make you feel uneasy. You may be already jittery when it comes to dental work, so this can be a doubly distressful thought. You may be tempted to ask for the laughing gas just for routine cleanings!
There are 3 types of dental sedation, therefore one will be a good remedy for any procedures – and nothing to fear. It’s a necessary element of dental care for many patients. If your dentist notifies you that you need a procedure that requires sedation, there’s no need to panic.
Dental Sedation Is Safe
There is a level of risk with any surgical procedure and any type of anesthesia. However, that risk is so incredibly low that you’re unlikely to experience anything beyond mild discomfort following your dental sedation. Dental science and anesthesiology have advanced tremendously over the last several years. Sedation is a low-risk and effective part of routine dental care for people of all ages, from young children to senior citizens.
Dr. Eberlein explains his take on dental sedation this way:
“We offer a customized approach to sedation. We can lightly sedate or heavily sedate, depending on the procedure and the comfort or anxiety level of the patient. Also, we make sure everyone feels comfortable about the process. The hygienists will discuss how to prepare ahead of time so patients know how to plan before the procedure.”
The Type of Sedation You Need Depends on Your Procedure
There are three main types of dental sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide is commonly called “laughing gas,” which puts the patient into a twilight state to induce relaxation and make the procedure less uncomfortable. It does not knock the patient out, but they may feel ready for a nap following the procedure.
- Oral Sedation requires taking medication prior to the procedure. Once the patient arrives for the procedure, the dental surgeon will assess the patient to determine if they need another dose. Some patients fall asleep during their procedures when under the influence of oral sedation, and this is perfectly safe and normal.
- IV sedation is rarely used in dental procedures, but some patients may require it for advanced surgeries. The dental surgeon will determine whether light or heavy sedation is necessary for the procedure and instruct the patient accordingly.
If we recommend any type of oral surgery, we will notify you early on as to what type of sedation you will require. We will also provide you with detailed instructions for your procedure, what to do beforehand, and what to expect once the procedure is over.
You’re Going to Need a Ride for Your Procedure
Dental sedation can make it dangerous for you to drive, even if you only need nitrous oxide. Please find a relative or friend to drive you to and from your procedure. Attempting to drive while still under the effects of dental anesthesia could lead to an accident.
Dental sedation is a straightforward process with minimal negative side effects. If you are concerned about your need for sedation for an upcoming procedure, don’t be afraid to bring up your concerns to our office.
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