Visiting a dentist is not a pleasant experience for everyone. Some people get fearful and anxious when they think about visiting the dentist. This leads them to postpone their visit endlessly. It is a well-known fear amongst children, but a lot of adults face it too. Adults sometimes feel ashamed about accepting it. Feeling anxious while undergoing a dentistry treatment is a common thing. Sedation Dentistry is the solution to your problem. As the name suggests, you would be undergoing sedation while the procedure is being performed. Different kinds of sedation are available. The dentist would help to determine which type is best suited for you. There are three different types of sedation which are used:
- Oral Sedation:
As the name suggests oral sedation, is sedation that is given through the oral mode. The pill helps to reduce dental anxiety. This medical is given depending on anxiety levels, weight, and medical history. The dentistry office team would determine the right medication for you and a suitable candidate for the oral sedation. Suppose you are undergoing this kind of sedation. In that case, it is suggested that you get someone to drive you home after the dental procedure. The reason being that medication stays in the body for several hours after it has been consumed.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation:
Laughing gas is one of the most popular sedation for dentistry. Nitrous oxide is a quick-acting gas. This gas is delivered through a special nose mask while the dentist is performing the procedure on you. This gas is safe for use on children. Nitrous oxide is safe, effective, kicks in quickly, and leaves the body 5 minutes after the procedure has ended. As the gas effects don’t stay for long, your child can easily go back to school and resume their daily activities. Nitrous gas is also perfect for adults who want to feel relaxed and decrease their anxiety during the procedure. The laughing gas lets you relax while being conscious. The gas leaves the body very quickly after it has been turned off. Your body recovers very quickly, so you would be able to drive yourself back.
- Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia:
A licensed dental anesthesiologist would administer deep sedation and general anesthesia. It can be administered to children, adults, and teenagers. Small children have to get extensive dental work done. The dental treatment can be completed in one appointment instead of several appointments for their mental and emotional well-being. This benefits the child as they will have no memory of the procedure and reduces the risk of developing adulthood dental phenomena. Children tend not to still sit long enough for the procedure to be completed. Undergoing sedation can help the child to undergo the procedure with ease. General anesthesia is given to adults and teenagers who face anxiety and fears while undergoing treatment. It is the perfect option for those who don’t want to be awake through the procedure.