Many people find going to the dentist to be quite an ordeal. Going to the dentist’s office makes them uneasy, anxious, or nervous. Perhaps they have a low tolerance for pain or have a sensitive gag reflex. If you feel the same way, then sedation dentistry may be an excellent option for you. You may also want to consider sedation dentistry if you have multiple procedures or procedures that are particularly time consuming.
Another thought to consider is that of younger children. Often times young children can be the most anxious when going to the dentist. This presents yet another opportunity to consider sedation dentistry since childhood is a common time to have multiple dental visits.
Some common methods of sedation dentistry that may be available to you are NO2 or Nitrous oxide gas, commonly referred to as “laughing gas” as well as oral sedatives such as Valium, Xanax, or Halcion.
While any of these options will reduce your level of consciousness, only the nitrous oxide will make you lose consciousness entirely. Oral sedatives on the other hand will only put you into a state of great ease. Whichever your preference might be, these options will make going to your next dentist appointment a breeze!
Before you undergo sedation dentistry, you will want to ask your dentist a few questions:
- What relevant medical information do I need to provide?
- What are some of the possible risks of sedation dentistry?
- Will you or an assistant be monitoring my status while I am under sedation?
- What is your protocol in the event of an emergency?
- How much experience do you have working with patients under sedation?
- How high of a dosage would be appropriate for me?
With this information, you should hopefully be able to decide if sedation dentistry is an appropriate choice for you. Whether it is for major or minor work, a long or a short visit, our utmost concern is that you have a pleasant appointment with your dentist. Please feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment should you have any additional questions.