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4 Common Sedation Dentistry Questions Answered

August 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — grandlakezurich @ 4:58 pm
female patient receiving nitrous oxide sedation

When preparing for a visit to the dentist’s office or complex oral surgery that requires multiple treatments, you may wonder if there is something your dentist can provide to calm your nerves. While many people turn to sedation dentistry for help, it’s natural to have questions about the process and expectations. This is why an oral healthcare expert is here to provide the answers to four of the most common inquiries asked by patients about dental sedation. 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a form of treatment that many dental professionals use to help patients remain calm and relaxed during appointments. Oftentimes, it is provided as a way to reduce dental anxiety among individuals who struggle to visit the dentist’s office because of past experiences, a sensitive gag reflex, mild to severe dental anxiety, and even the inability to sit still for extended periods of time.

Safe and easy to use among dental professionals, sedation comes in various forms, each of which your dentist will discuss with you during a scheduled consultation.

Which Types of Sedation are Available?

Depending on your dentist, they will offer different types of sedation; however, the most common are:

  • Nitrous Oxide – Considered the mildest form, it is known as laughing gas. The effects come on quickly when first inhaled, and they dissipate just as fast once the gas is turned off.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – As a pill medication form of sedation, it is to be taken before your appointment so that you remain at ease throughout treatment.
  • IV Sedation – Often used among patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, IV sedation is preferred when patients are preparing for more complex dental care.
  • General Anesthesia – This is less common among dental professionals but can be used should a patient need extensive oral surgery and need to be fully sedated.

Not all dentists offer all four options, so it is important that you discuss your options when meeting with a member of your dental team.

What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

There are numerous benefits associated with sedation dentistry, but the common thread among them all is their ability to keep patients like yourself relaxed. When you lack the fear and anxiety that can keep you from entering the dentist’s office, your dental team can begin to work on your oral health and minimize the risk of additional problems in the future.

You may report feeling warm and euphoric when receiving sedation, and you might even feel as if you are floating. In other instances, you may feel groggy and eager to rest once you return home, while others make it easy to resume normal activity immediately following an appointment.

Are There Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

First, sedation dentistry is completely safe when administered by a skilled and trusted dental professional. However, some individuals can experience side effects that might include:

  • Slight nausea that is only temporary
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Grogginess that requires someone to drive you home from your appointment

Most individuals who choose to add sedation dentistry to their treatment plan can expect excellent results. During an initial consultation, though, a dentist will discuss the option that is right for you and your needs.

About Grand Dental – Lake Zurich
At Grand Dental – Lake Zurich, dental anxiety doesn’t have to be a reality. Instead, we offer sedation dentistry to make visits to the dentist’s office easier and less stressful. Using nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation, we offer patients options that will create a more positive and enjoyable experience. Visit our website or call (847) 443-3953 to learn how we can help.