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Everything You Need To Know About Sedation Dentistry

Posted by David Reynolds on Sep 2 2022, 05:37 AM

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during their dental appointment. This can be especially helpful for patients with dental anxiety or who are undergoing invasive treatments. 

Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can be a good option for many dental patients. At your consultation, your dentist will review your medical history and any medications you are taking, including supplements and over-the-counter medicines. Some drugs may interfere with sedation medications, so it is important to share this information with your dentist.

Sedation dentistry can benefit the following people:

  • People who suffer from dental phobia or anxiety.
  • People who have difficulty sitting still during dental procedures.
  • People who suffer from dental anxiety.
  • Patients with a strong gag reflex.
  • Patients who need complex dental work, such as implants or full mouth restoration.
  • Patients with physical limitations, such as trouble getting numb.
  • Patients with unusually sensitive teeth.

All of these issues can make even the simplest dental procedure difficult, and sedation dentistry can help address these issues.

Sedation dentistry: Types

There are three main types of sedation dentistry:

  • Oral sedation: Oral sedation dentistry uses oral medication to help you relax during dental procedures. Your dentist will prescribe the medication for you, and you can take it before your appointment. Oral sedation dentistry is often used for patients who get anxious about dental treatments or who have difficulty getting numb. The effects of oral sedation can last for a few hours after the procedure, so you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
  • IV sedation: Intravenous sedation (or IV sedation) is a moderate type of sedation dentistry that is administered via injection. With IV sedation, the dentist can administer anxiety- or pain-blocking medication directly into the bloodstream. This means that patients often have no recollection of the treatment – or that they feel no pain – during the procedure.
  • Nitrous oxide sedation: Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, is the least invasive sedation option. It’s also the safest. Laughing gas will not put you to sleep, and you will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe. Before recommending sedation, your dentist will need to review your medical history, as well as the medications you’re taking. He or she will also perform a thorough dental exam, including x-rays, to determine if sedation is safe for you.

Call us at (801) 716-7006, request an appointment online, or walk into our office at 11576 S State St Suite #1201, Draper, UT 84020. Our team of doctors, hygienists, and coordinators will ensure you get the best care.

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