Sedation dentistry is one of the things we focus on at daily DENTAL & bracesbar to make your trips here more comfortable. It’s no secret that going to the dentist’s office isn’t something people look forward to. Our goal is to try and change how you perceive your trips to our office.
While designing our office, we took additional measures to make it a comfortable and relaxing space. That’s not always enough, though. Sedation dentistry is something we can use at daily DENTAL & bracesbar to take away the anxiety and help calm your nerves during your visits.
Inhalation and Oral Sedation
Using gas to sedate patients is very common. You may have heard of laughing gas before. It’s administered through a mask and will help you relax. Patients who receive laughing gas will remain alert and conscious. You will be fully aware of everything happening around you but less anxious about them.
Oral sedation is given using a pill. It’s a little stronger than laughing gas but still relatively mild. You will remain conscious and alert with oral sedation, too, but its relaxing effects are even greater than those of laughing gas. Most patients who receive sedation through inhalation or pills will be able to drive themselves home.
Intravenous Sedation and General Anesthesia
Intravenous sedation is more effective at sedating extremely anxious or irritated patients. Its dose is easy to control too. You might not be fully alert if you receive intravenous sedation and will most likely not remember the events of the procedure. You will need to recover about an hour before you’re allowed to go home despite remaining conscious. It’s not recommended that you drive yourself home if you receive IV sedation.
General anesthesia is where patients are unconscious. It’s used in big procedures or when nothing else can calm the patient down. Patients who receive general anesthesia might be able to go home after a few hours, or they might need to spend the night. If you receive general anesthesia, someone will have to drive you home.