Going to the dentist can be a frightening and daunting experience. Unfortunately, many patients forgo routine dental care because they are too nervous to sit in the chair for treatment. For this reason, we here at Ramona Dental Group offer sedation dentistry options that coincide with your needs and comfort. Sedation dentistry can make it easier for you to receive treatment in order to correct and enhance your smile, by allowing you to fully relax and ease your fears.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is ideal for most patients since there are varying levels of sedation available. This option enables you to feel comfortable during the procedure by being in a twilight state, or an extreme relaxed state of mind. Before you receive sedation dentistry, a full examination and health history will be taken to determine if you’re a viable candidate for nitrous oxide or some of the other sedation treatments available. We can help you to choose the right treatment specific to your own individual needs in our office.
Nitrous Sedation uses a mask that is placed over your mouth and nose and works instantly. You will be able to hear and respond to the dentist, while still feeling extremely calm and relaxed. The affects of Nitrous wear off relatively quickly, and you come out of it with a feeling of giddiness.
Oral sedation is a medication that is given orally prior to the procedure. Our dentists will evaluate you and determine if you are a candidate for oral sedation. The affects of oral sedation last longer so you will need someone to drive you home from the appointment.
Why might You benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Many patients benefit from sedation dentistry because it enables you to receive the treatment that you need without being fully awake for each procedure. Some patients enjoy sedation dentistry for each time they come into the office while others are only interested in it for more extensive procedures like surgeries and root canals. Some of the main benefits of sedation dentistry include:
- Finding a level of sedation that is right for you
- Receive the dental treatment that you need and want without fear or anxiety
- Sedation dentistry is ideal for special needs patients
- Sedation dentistry is done safely and effectively for each individual and gives them a sense of relaxation and calmness.
- It is ideal for patients who forgo treatment due to fear and anxiety
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are a few options for sedation dentistry. The main goal with using sedation is to help relax our patients, and put them at ease so that they may get the dental care they need and deserve. The types of dental sedation include:
- Oral Sedation- this form of sedation comes in pill form and it is usually administered at least an hour prior to the procedure. This is a medication that is prescribed by a doctor. This type of sedation leaves you awake for the procedure, but significantly relaxes you. Patients who have higher levels of anxiety often benefit from this type of dentistry. This type of sedation requires someone to drive you home, as the effects of the medication are strong and long lasting.
- Nitrous Oxide– this is also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a medication intended to relax the patient and make them feel giddy and happy. It is administered through a small mask placed over the nose and is inhaled. It is effective immediately and wears off fast. The dentist will monitor you the entire time and will control how much is administered. The effects wear off quickly so you will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
- IV Sedation- is administered though an IV, usually placed in the hand. This type of sedation is effective and will put you into a deep relaxed sleep-like state. The medication is administered and you will drift off to sleep and wake up once the procedure is over. The effects of the medication stay in your body longer so you will need to have someone drive you home after the appointment.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry or would like to inquire further, contact us today and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you further!