Sedation dentistry offers stress-free dental treatment for people who experience severe dental phobia. With sedation, you can have your dental work done while you’re completely relaxed. If you’re interested in sedation, you might have some questions about how it works.
Is sedation the same as general anesthetic? No. When you have general anesthetic, you are completely unconscious while work is being done. Sedation does not render you unconscious. It only helps you feel very relaxed and calm. You will be awake and able to answer questions or follow the dentist’s instructions. Time seems to go more quickly, and many patients report a dream-like state. Because you are not completely unconscious, sedation carries much less risk than general anesthesia.
Will I need a ride home after sedation? This depends upon the type of sedation used. Oral sedation is accomplished with a pill, which you’ll take before your appointment. As it begins to take effect, you’ll want to have a ride to the dentist, and you’ll need a ride home as well, since it takes some time to leave your system. With nitrous oxide, you’ll breathe the gas during your appointment, but as soon as you stop, the sedative effect will wear off quickly, so you can drive yourself home. However, if you feel uncomfortable at all with driving, arrange a ride.
Is sedation good for oral surgery? Sedation is an excellent addition to oral surgery. You’ll receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort, but the addition of sedation will make you much more comfortable. It also helps the surgeon, since you’ll be very relaxed, making it easier for him to work.
Can I use sedation for regular dental work? In most cases, sedation is only used in addition to local anesthetic for restorations and oral surgery. However, if you have extreme dental phobia to the point where you have panic attacks in the dentist’s chair, or if you have a very sensitive gag reflex, sedation could be a great help.
Sedation dentistry is a helpful approach for many people. If you have any questions about how sedation works, be sure to ask our dentist! Call us today at Advanced Smile Care for an appointment.