Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

Posted by G2 Anesthesia Services Inc Mar 30, 2023

Do you experience dental anxiety? You are not alone. Many people feel nervous during dental visits. If you struggle with dental anxiety, you might be tempted to skip your dental appointments. However, this could lead to serious dental issues. This blog discusses some of the most commonly asked questions about sedation dentistry. Read on to learn the answers to some common questions about sedation dentistry.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

A dentist can offer different levels of sedation during a procedure. These range from mild to deep sedation. Mild sedation usually comes in the form of nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Patients may feel dizzy, giddy, or like their arms and legs are heavy. Deep sedation is usually only necessary for oral surgery procedures. If the dentist uses IV sedation during treatment, the patient is unconscious during the procedure and will need extensive monitoring by a recovery nurse.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes, sedatives are one of the most commonly used medications in dentistry because they are completely safe if administered properly by a trained professional. These medications have been used safely for decades and are essential when treating patients who have anxiety or difficulty getting numb. When administered by a trained professional, sedation is extremely safe and very effective at alleviating a patient’s fear and anxiety about visiting the dentist. We understand that every patient has different needs when it comes to dental care, so we use a personalized approach to each treatment we offer to ensure the best experience possible for each patient we serve.

What Types of Sedation Are There?

There are three different types of anesthesia available, each of which has a different level of sedation provided. The first is called “nitrous oxide.” This gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over the nose and mouth. Nitrous oxide provides a mild sedative effect through the brain that helps patients relax during their appointment. The next type of sedation is called oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation is an anti-anxiety drug taken in pill form that relaxes the patient during dental work. The effects are mild enough that most patients report feeling quite awake during the procedure. The final form of sedation that we provide our patients is intravenous (IV) sedation. IV sedation is administered through an IV tube that is inserted into a patient’s arm or hand. The medication in the IV solution takes effect very quickly, and varying levels of sedation can be administered through this treatment method. Some patients even fall asleep while undergoing dental treatment with this method. We are happy to discuss which method of sedation is right for you.

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

When you suffer from dental anxiety, you may avoid necessary treatments to protect your smile or your oral health. Oral sedation can help patients overcome their anxiety so that they can receive the treatment they need without fear. We offer different types of sedation options to ensure you can receive the treatment you need comfortably. Your dentist will determine if oral sedation is right for you after evaluating your medical history and performing an examination. 

How Long Does Sedation Dentistry Take To Wear Off?

The length of time that a patient is under sedation will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. Complicated procedures such as oral surgeries can take a few hours and will require the patient to have a responsible adult drive them to and from our office for the appointment. For simpler procedures such as tooth cleanings, patients will be able to return home after the procedure is completed.

Patients receiving IV sedation will need to be driven home by a friend or family member because the effects can last for several hours after the treatment is finished. These effects are more gradual than those produced by inhaled sedation, which wears off soon after the treatment is complete. Both of these types of sedatives are typically effective for patients who experience anxiety over visiting the dentist.

Visit G2 Anesthesia Services Inc. in Louisville, KY, or call (833) 336-8482 to consult our dentist today to see how sedation dentistry can change your dental experience. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you become more comfortable with your next dental treatment.

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