For some, visiting the dentist is a scary thought. Even though it won't cause any excess pain, up to 60% of people suffer from dental fear. Luckily, there are lots of sedation options out there that will ensure that your dental visit goes smoothly. Without pain and pre-procedure anxiety. With multiple sedation options, there's no need to fear visiting Experience Dental. If you want to discuss your sedation options with our professionals, you can contact us now to schedule an appointment or drop by our office at 7001 S. Custer Road, Suite 200, McKinney TX 75070.
That 4 out of 10 Americans are afraid of dental pain.
Before picking a sedation option, our dentists review the patient's treatment plan. Different treatments require different types of sedation. Light sedation options like laughing gas work best for patients with dental anxiety. Heavy medication is recommended for lengthy dental procedures.
The patient's overall health needs to be assessed to determine whether a certain type of sedation is appropriate for them. The doctor will also look at the patient's history. Things like allergies, health problems, and drug use may affect the patient's ability to be sedated.
After the dental professional collects all of the information needed, they'll lay out all of the sedation options to the patient. They'll also discuss the effects of each, and give their recommendation.
If you're suffering from dental anxiety but you don't want to fall asleep during the procedure, laughing gas should be your sedation of choice. The process involves your dentist pumping a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a nose mask when needed.
Inhaling the gas makes patients less nervous. It can also cause a floating sensation, but you'll remain fully awake during the procedure. A fun fact about laughing gas is that it comes in fruity flavors like grape and cherry. This is to distinguish when the gas is being administered and not.
The side effects of laughing gas are practically non-existent. The sedation wears off a few minutes after you remove the mask. The patient can drive themselves home after treatment.
If you want to stay awake, but you don't want to take the laughing gas, you can try oral conscious oral sedation. This sedation medication comes in a form of a pill or liquid that needs to be taken 30 to 60 minutes before the procedure starts.
The medication is strong, and some patients end up falling asleep, and most don't remember much about the procedure, even if they're awake. Compared to laughing gas, side effects last much longer. The patient shouldn't drive at least 6 hours after the treatment.
IV uses the same medication as oral sedation. However, since the IV delivers the medication directly into the patient's bloodstream, it takes effect almost immediately. Although IV sedation won't put you to sleep completely during the procedure, patients often drift in and out of sleep.
The effects of IV sedation usually last for 4 to 6 hours. After being sedated through an IV, the patient isn't able to drive home. If you opt for an IV sedation, you should ask one of your friends or family members to drive you home to our office and back home.
General anesthesia is reserved for some of the most invasive dental procedures, like jaw surgeries. Since these procedures aren’t conducted regularly, general anesthesia is used rather rarely. It renders the patient completely unconscious and guarantees that they feel nothing during and a couple of hours after the procedure.
Laughing gas was discovered in the 18th century, and until this day, it's one of the safest and most effective sedation options.
Primarily, sedation is used to treat dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is a very common issue, and can often prevent patients from getting the dental care they need. If you are anxious or nervous about coming to the dentist, sedation can help you feel more safe and comfortable.
Additionally, sedation helps with pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions and dental implant placement. It also helps you feel more comfortable if you require multiple dental procedures and need to sit still for several hours during treatment.
As long as you are healthy, do not have a history of drug abuse, and are not taking any medications that may interfere with the sedation process, you should be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact us to learn more about your options, and to get the conversation started.
This depends on the method of sedation you choose. With laughing gas, you will feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but you will be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings. You will also feel less discomfort during treatment.
Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will usually make you feel groggy and “out of it”. You will likely fall asleep, and probably won’t remember much about your procedure. However, you will not be unconscious, and you can still be woken and respond to commands.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. You will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from your procedure.
Yes. All methods of sedation dentistry are provided by qualified professionals at our office, and have minimal side effects. While deeper methods of sedation like oral conscious sedation and IV sedation have more prolonged side effects compared to laughing gas, they are still very safe, and they have no serious risks to your health or well-being if you are a good candidate for sedation.
Sedation can be used to control an overactive gag-reflex, fear of needles, or a low-pain threshold.