For one reason or another, many patients struggle with fear and anxiety when it comes to dental procedures. This often leads to shoving oral health needs aside until they become complex and can no longer be ignored.
Different methods of sedation are used to help bring a sense of calm to these patients so that they may undergo dental treatment with ease. But, since not all sedation is created equal, let’s take a look at the different types of sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is used to reduce fears and anxiety while bringing comfort to patients who need dental treatments. They can be used for any type of dental procedure, from basic routine dental cleanings to invasive, complex dental treatments - and everything in between.
It is important to note that dental sedation has nothing to do with numbing pain. Your dentist already has pain management covered. Instead, sedation is solely used for bringing comfort to you while you undergo your treatment.
Different Types of Sedation Dentistry
Different types of sedation are used in dentistry. Below you will find a little more about each of the most commonly used options.
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a type of sedation that is non-invasive. It allows the patient to feel comfortable throughout the dental procedure while still remaining awake.
Nitrous oxide is administered through a small mask that fits over the nose requiring the patient to breathe in the gas. As long as they continue to do so, they will feel a sense of euphoria.
One beneficial thing about this type of sedation is that it begins working right away and stops working within seconds of having the gas turned off. This means having transportation to and from the appointment will not be necessary.
Nitrous Oxide with Valium
Nitrous oxide can be used alone or it can be combined with Valium. For those patients who are struggling with a heavy amount of anxiety or fear over their procedure, adding the dose of the anti-anxiety drug Valium can help.
The patient will still wear the same nitrous oxide mask during the procedure, but it will be coupled with taking the oral dose about two hours prior to their appointment. This will help them to remain calm leading up to - and throughout - the dental procedure.
Transportation to and from the appointment will be necessary with this type of sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is another widely used method in sedation dentistry. The patient will take a pill, whether by swallowing or placing it under their tongue, prior to the procedure. This will reduce any anxiety they have.
The patient will be awake and conscious during the dental treatment, but will not likely remember much about it once it is over.
Transportation to and from the appointment will be necessary with this type of sedation, too.
Sedation Dentistry at Champagne Smiles
At Champagne Smiles, we understand that sedation dentistry helps to enhance the overall experience of our patients - and that each person and need is different. That’s why we offer several sedation options to make your visit as comfortable as possible.