Did you know that 30% of the population avoids going to the dentist due to fear? Patients who are apprehensive about receiving dental treatment often avoid going to the dentist. Ultimately, this avoidance can lead to advanced disease and the need for expensive treatments that could have been avoided. If you are among those that avoid going to the dentist, sedation dentistry could be exactly what you need to get necessary dental services.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Otherwise known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a facial mask during the time of your procedure. It provides a deep sense of relaxation. When your procedure is done, the mask will be removed and the effects should wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home.
Oral sedation is otherwise known as conscious sedation, in which you will be very relaxed, but you will still be awake. We will give you a pill prior to your appointment. Most patients only recall some of the dental procedure. You will need a friend or family member to take you to your appointment and drive you home afterwards. This form of sedation wears off a few hours after your treatment.
Intravenous sedation is sometimes referred to as “sleep” dentistry, because patients who undergo IV sedation fall into a deep state of relaxation, and may have only partial memory from the procedure, or none at all. IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation. It is very safe and administered by a professional who will closely monitor your vital signs. After your procedure, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. You will need to relax for the rest of the day. IV sedation is best for patients with severe anxiety or fear of the dentist or for patients with special needs.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Neeley Dental Group would love to show you the difference that sedation can make!