The thought of dental treatments, either simple or complex, can cause a lot of anxiety in people. However, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly no matter what, which is why more and more dentists are adding sedation dentistry options to their practices. If you haven’t experienced sedation dentistry before but are curious as to what it feels like, you’ll want to keep reading.
The Different Types of Sedation Dentistry
It’s important to note that there is not a single type of sedation dentistry available to you. While it depends on the practice, there are three main sedation options to choose from: nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. The option recommended to you will depend on a few key factors, including your anxiety levels, preexisting conditions you may have, and your budget.
While some practices may offer all three sedation options, it’s more common for dentists to offer just two as IV sedation tends to be overkill in most circumstances. For the majority of cases, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation work just fine and are effective solutions for managing dental anxiety or phobia.
What Does Sedation Dentistry Feel Like?
Nitrous oxide sedation (or laughing gas) is ideal for managing mild anxiety or nervousness and is a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. To receive the sedation, you’ll wear a nasal mask throughout your procedure. You’ll still feel conscious and alert but much calmer and deeply relaxed. After the mask is removed, the side effects of the sedation will quickly fade away over the next few minutes.
Alternatively, oral conscious sedation comes in a pill form that is taken prior to your appointment. Depending on the dosage, you may feel mildly to moderately relaxed after taking the medication. You’ll want to speak with the dentist directly about your needs to ensure you’re getting the appropriate strength. You’ll still be conscious enough to speak with the dentist through your procedure, but you will feel groggy the rest of the day. The effects do take a few hours to wear off, so make sure you have a friend or family member to drive you to and from the office.
No matter what sedation option you choose, the best way to prepare ahead of your appointment is to wear comfortable clothing and avoid eating up to six hours before your appointment. That way, the sedatives will be as effective as possible. Speak with a dentist today to see if sedation is right for your needs!
About the Author
With a high level of dental expertise and decades of experience under his belt, you can trust Dr. Young to make your visits comfortable and comprehensive. To enhance comfort and relieve potential anxiety during procedures, he offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation depending on your preference. To schedule an appointment or learn more about sedation dentistry, give his office a call today.