Dental anxiety is a common issue that affects many people, for some it stops them from ever seeing a dentist. If you have high anxiety at the thought of seeing a dentist, then consider sedation for dental treatment. At the Burns Family Dentistry in Deerfield, we offer a variety of options for sedation dentistry.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry involves using oral medication and/or nitrous oxide to help you relax and feel completely comfortable while undergoing a dental procedure. Dental sedation can be used for several procedures, from more invasive treatments to simple cleanings depending on the degree to which you experience dental anxiety.
Why Choose Dental Sedation?
Sedation for dental treatment helps you relax while receiving treatment, creating a stress free dental visit. Many people find that they are no longer afraid of coming to the dentist once they’ve experienced a sedation treatment.
Types of Dental Sedation
At Burns Family Dentistry we can provide inhaled and oral sedation. These are considered mild forms of sedation. Deeper, or more profound sedation methods as described below exist, but they are not performed in our office.
Inhaled sedation: The patient breathes in nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) through a mask placed over the nose. The gas helps you relax throughout the procedure.
Oral sedation: Oral sedation dentistry involves taking a pill, typically Valium, that will induce a relaxed and somewhat drowsy state. While you may remain partially awake throughout the procedure, many patients feel relaxed enough to fall asleep.
IV sedation dentistry: The IV sedation dentistry method involves receiving medication through a vein, which allows you to quickly relax. The dentist can adjust the sedative as needed throughout the procedure.
Deep sedation: During a deep sedation, you will be placed under general anesthesia. You’ll fall deeply asleep during the procedure and won’t awaken without assistance.
How Long Will Dental Sedation Last?
How long sedation lasts largely depends on the type of treatment used. Patients that are given nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” are able to drive themselves home do to the fact that the nitrous is rapidly expelled after it has finished being administered. However, people who undergo oral sedation dentistry need to rely on another person for transport due to the fact that it takes longer for this medication to wear off. If you have any questions please consult with the Burns Family Dentistry at (847) 291-0888.