Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients feel relaxed during dental treatments. Medications that fall into this category include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Some deeper levels of sedation also induce deep sleep, which can be used during long surgical procedures.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation?
There are many benefits of sedation dentistry, including:
- A more relaxed dental experience
- No memory of the treatment
- Less time spent in the dentist’s chair
- The ability to receive multiple procedures at once
- Decreased dental anxiety
What Can I Expect During Sedation?
Before your procedure begins, your Dentist in Colorado Springs CO will administer your sedative. We will also answer any questions you might have. Once you’re ready, your dentist will administer your sedative and perform the dental work. The sedative will make you drowsy, but you’ll still be able to respond to the dentist’s questions and commands.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Yes, when administered by an experienced dentist. While sedation dentistry is safe, it may not be right for everyone, and there are some precautions that need to be taken. Sedation dentistry uses medications to help patients relax during dental procedures. The medications are safe, but they do come with certain risks. Patients who are taking certain medications, for example, may not be able to receive sedation during their dental procedure. To avoid complications, patients should talk to their dentist about their medical history before getting sedated.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
For many people, going to the dentist can be a stressful experience. If you have a dental phobia, you may avoid going to the dentist altogether. This can lead to a variety of problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help. By using sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to get the treatment you need without experiencing any pain or discomfort. You’ll be able to relax during your appointment, and the sights, sounds, and sensations of your dentist’s office won’t bother you.
Common Types of Sedation
We offer nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation.
- Nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative. The effects are felt quickly and are mild. Nitrous oxide also leaves your system quickly.
- IV sedation is a moderate form of sedation dentistry that puts you into a drowsy, relaxed state. IV sedation provides a deeper form of sedation than nitrous oxide.
- Oral sedation is another moderate type of sedation dentistry. You will be prescribed a pill to take prior to your appointment. The pill will relax you but you may need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
To find out more about the dental services offered at North End Dental, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1705 N Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.