We know some patients can be worried when going to the dentist. If fear has kept you from going to the dentist lately, sedation may be the answer you have been waiting for. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist. One major benefit of sedation is many people feel that the procedure only lasted a few minutes, when actually the procedure could have gone on for hours!
Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:
The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, as well as taking note of any current medications.
Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:
Do you feel pain with dental sedation?
No, you should not feel pain with dental sedation. The goal of dental sedation is to make you comfortable and relaxed so that you can have your procedure done with minimal discomfort.
How long does dentist sedation last?
The effects of dentist sedation can last for several hours. However, the duration will vary depending on the type of sedation used.
Can you feel anything with sedation?
Some people report feeling a sense of relaxation and mild euphoria during dental sedation. Others say they are mostly unaware of what is happening around them. Still, others report being able to hear and respond to questions from the dentist, but feeling no pain or discomfort. It varies from person to person.
How much does sedation dentistry cost?
The cost of dental sedation can vary depending on your level of anxiety, the type of sedation used, the type of procedure, the type of insurance coverage, and your dentist.
1 National Library of Medicine. Nitrous Oxide. Available: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Nitrous-oxide.
2 Healthline. Tim Jewell. What is conscious sedation? Available: https://www.healthline.com/health/conscious-sedation.
3 American Society of Anesthesiologists. IV/Monitored sedation. Available: https://www.asahq.org/madeforthismoment/anesthesia-101/types-of-anesthesia/ivmonitored-sedation/.
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