For some people, the fear of entering a dental office is completely real. That’s totally alright, especially now that sedation dentistry is an option for those who need it. Sedation dentistry isn’t just for avoiding pain; it can be for reducing anxiety as well. At WoodSprings Dentistry we provide the options you need to make your experience at our office optimal.
Medication can be used to help those who need it so that they can relax during the dental procedure, even something as routine as a cleaning or exam. There are different levels of sedation that means patients are generally awake, unless under general anesthesia.
Sedation levels include:
Usually this consists of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, that is inhaled from a mask. It can help the patient relax and the levels are easily controlled by the dentist. There are no after effects of using nitrous oxide and you can head home or drive alone afterwards.
Oral sedation is another way to provide minimal sedation levels. This is when medication is taken orally that can help to reduce anxiety or stress. These medications may make you drowsy and can potentially cause you to fall asleep.
An IV is used to provide this level of sedation. Providing the drugs through the veins mean they can work more quickly and provide a deeper level of sedation. This type of sedation does require a driver afterwards.
If you have any questions concerning sedation dentistry or techniques then give us a call at WoodSprings Dentistry. We are ready and available to help those with all their oral health and hygiene needs.