Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety, and this fear leads them to avoid necessary dental appointments. Shoreline Dental Studios is sensitive to these fears and offers sedation dentistry to allow patients to relax during dental procedures. Learn more about sedation dentistry here.
Sedation dentistry is the common term used to describe the methods for managing the anxiety and pain associated with dental procedures. You should consider sedation dentistry if:
- You have a high level of fear or anxiety when going to the dentist.
- You have a strong fear of needles.
- You need extensive dental work.
- You have a sensitive gag reflex.
- You have a low pain threshold.
There are several different types of sedation dentistry that cater to your specific needs.
Inhalation sedation is usually in the form of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which produces mild tingling and an overall sense of wellbeing while also increasing your pain tolerance. You will also receive a local anesthetic to numb the area being worked on.
Oral sedation is the most commonly used sedation for dentistry today. It is taken by mouth, so there are no extra needles involved. The level of sedation is mild, but it will put you in a state of constant relaxation. While you may feel as though you have slept through the procedure, you will remain conscious enough to respond to commands.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream for a quicker effect than oral sedation. This is still a moderate sedation, so although you feel as if you were asleep, you still respond to external stimuli. With IV sedation, we can continuously adjust the flow of medication to ensure you stay sedated throughout the procedure.
Will I be awake? What is sleep dentistry?
Although often called sleep dentistry, you are conscious during the procedure. You will likely feel very drowsy and have little to no memory of the procedure depending on which type of sedation you chose.
Will I be able to drive myself to the appointment?
When you receive either oral or IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment.