All About Sedation Dentistry Peachtree Corners | Roswell Sedation Dentists
When most people think of sedation in dentistry, there is usually a form of anxiety expressed with those thoughts. No one can tell you how to feel. However, we can promise that no matter what the procedure or treatment is that you may need, we are dedicated to making you feel as comfortable and at ease with any kind of sedation that could be involved. With our practice focused on gentle dentistry, our top priority is the well-being of our patients.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is when medication is administered either by inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), orally by pill or through an IV. The different levels of sedation given are determined according to the patient’s comfort and the type of procedure needing to be performed by the Dentist.
Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is used to relax patients during less invasive dental procedures. You will be conscious but because it is a gas, it wears off very quickly once you are no longer inhaling it. Patients who only receive laughing gas as a sedative are often allowed to drive themselves home because there are no long-lasting effects.
Oral sedation (also called conscious sedation) is where you will be asked to take a prescribed dose of sedative before your procedure. This type of sedation leaves you awake for the procedure but significantly relaxes you. Patients who have higher levels of anxiety often benefit from this type of sedation. Even though you are awake during the procedure, you might not remember much about it, if anything at all. While you are under oral sedation the doctor might decide to have you hooked up to equipment that monitors your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing, or you may not require that kind of monitoring. It depends on the factors that your dentist will determine. You will need a ride home from the dentist because the sedative will leave you feeling sleepy. However, by the next day, you should be feeling back to normal.
IV Sedation (also known as twilight sedation) is where you’re conscious but not very aware of your surroundings. Twilight IV sedation makes you feel sleepy, and you may not remember any of the procedure once it’s over. You often appear to be asleep but you are not unconscious and if the dentist needs to wake you up, it’s possible.
Do I need Sedation Dentistry?
Each person’s physical needs, as well as reactions, are different. Talk to our dentist about your concerns and feel free to ask plenty of questions. We will recommend the type of sedation that will help in your specific case. Dental sedation is a common way people conquer anxiety or pain during visits to the dentist.