Sedation Dentistry: What You Need to Know
For many people, going to the dentist can be a stressful experience. This is especially true if you have had negative experiences in the past, suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, or require a more complex procedure. However, avoiding the dentist can lead to more serious dental problems down the line.
At Westchester Smile Design, we understand that going to the dentist can be intimidating, which is why we offer sedation dentistry as an option for our patients. Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry to help you decide if it’s right for you.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is also commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “conscious sedation.” Depending on the level of sedation required, patients may feel drowsy or fall asleep during the procedure. Sedation dentistry can be used for everything from routine cleanings to more complex procedures like root canals or dental implants.
What are the different types of sedation?
There are several different types of sedation used in dentistry, including:
- Nitrous oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a mask. It produces a feeling of relaxation and euphoria and is commonly used for mild to moderate sedation.
- Oral sedation: This involves taking a pill or liquid medication before the procedure to help you relax. The medication can cause drowsiness, so you will need someone to drive you home.
- IV sedation: Intravenous (IV) sedation involves administering medication through an IV line. This type of sedation produces a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide or oral sedation.
- General anesthesia: This involves administering medication that will cause you to become completely unconscious. General anesthesia is typically only used for complex procedures that require a long time to complete.
Which type of sedation is right for me?
The type of sedation that is right for you will depend on several factors, including the type of procedure you are having, your level of anxiety, and your medical history. At Westchester Smile Design, we will work with you to determine which type of sedation is best suited for your needs.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry is safe when performed by a qualified dental professional. At Westchester Smile Design, our team of dental professionals is trained and experienced in administering sedation to our patients. We will carefully evaluate your medical history and current health status before recommending sedation.
Are there any side effects of sedation?
Like any medical procedure, sedation does come with some risks. However, these risks are minimal and typically only occur in rare cases. Some of the most common side effects of sedation include dizziness, nausea, and headache. These side effects typically go away shortly after the procedure is complete.
If you are considering sedation dentistry, it’s important to talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have. At Westchester Smile Design, we are committed to helping our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental procedures.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about sedation dentistry.