If you’re someone who finds it difficult to complete dental visits because you always feel anxious, nervous, or fearful prior to or during your appointments, just know that you’re not the only one. In fact, millions of patients every year skip their necessary dental visits because they are too afraid or simply can’t relax while in the dental chair. That’s why the Dental Smile Center offers multiple sedation options, each with varying degrees of strength, so you can get the care you need with safe and effective sedatives provided by our accommodating dentists.
For those looking for a mild sedative to keep them calm at the start of their dental treatment or checkup, nitrous oxide is a great starting point. This sedative comes in the form of a gas that is inhaled during your treatment, generally through a nasal mask. As you begin breathing it in, you’ll begin to feel incredibly relaxed and even slightly euphoric, making dental treatments like cleanings, exams, fillings, and everything in between much easier to complete. Once treatment is complete, we remove the mask and you can go about your day as normal.
Those with more moderate levels of anxiety or nervousness will find oral conscious sedation to be more appropriate for their needs. This sedative comes in the form of a pill that is taken an hour or so before your treatment occurs. The effects of this sedative are stronger, which means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the practice. The calming effects of the sedative do take some time to wear off, so make sure you set aside time to relax after treatment if you decide to visit in the middle of the day.
The strongest form of sedation dentistry we offer is IV sedation, which is provided intravenously to the patient. It is a very powerful sedative that puts you into a deep state of relaxation and is easily controllable by the dentist, much like nitrous oxide sedation. With that said, you will not be put to sleep, therefore, this should not be confused with general anesthesia. Much like oral conscious sedation, the effects are powerful enough to require having a friend or family member drive you to and from the practice. The effects can also take several hours to fully wear off, so keep this in mind should you choose IV sedation.