There are different types of sedation dentistry. The deeper the relaxation you require, feeling groggy following treatment is more likely. Your sedation dentist will make recommendations based on your level of need for the procedure planned.
This type of sedation is widely available and generally safe for people of all ages. It works by combining nitrous oxide with oxygen, and is delivered to the patient via a nasal cone or mask. Often referred to as laughing gas, this type of sedation is classified as an inhalational anesthetic … the patient is allowed to inhale nitrous oxide for several minutes before treatment commences allowing the drug to relax the patient into a state of mild euphoria.
Nitrous oxide is ideal for helping one to overcome anxiety and to help manage discomfort before and during treatment. The patient remains conscious and able to communicate. As the procedure is being completed, the nitrous oxide is discontinued. Within minutes, the patient is alert and able to resume their day. Unlike many other types of sedation, the patient is able to drive both to and from their dental appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
In the world of dentistry, oral conscious sedation might be considered a newcomer. This type of sedation therapy involves a combination of sedatives designed to relax a patient with the first dose of medication being taken at home about one hour before the scheduled dental appointment.
Upon arrival, your sedation dentist will begin to monitor your vital signs. This is standard practice when oral conscious sedation is employed and is designed for your safety and comfort. Based on the level of sedation required, additional sedatives may be administered.
As the sedatives take effect, you will become more relaxed. Many patients feel like they slept through treatment and recall very few details. Upon treatment completion, the patient must be alert before leaving the dental office. And since it takes a few hours for drugs to leave the system, the patient may feel groggy; transportation both to and from the appointment is required. The patient is usually advised to go home and rest for the balance of the day.
Anxiety, physical, and mental limitations can provide a roadblock to receiving the care required for good oral health. Sedation dentistry provides a means for patients to get the care they need. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.