Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients relax and stay comfortable throughout their procedure. Whether this is for a routine cleaning or a more complex procedure, sedation dentistry can help.
Types of sedation dentistry
At our dental office, we use different types of sedation dentistry, including dental sedation. Dental sedation uses medication to relax patients so that they can stay calm and comfortable during dental procedures.
There are three main types of sedation dentistry:
Oral sedation involves the use of pills or liquid medication. Patients take the medication before their dental appointment and then relax throughout their appointment. The effects of oral sedation tend to wear off fairly quickly, so patients can drive themselves home after their sedative wears off.
Inhaled sedation involves the use of medication that’s inhaled through a mask. This type of sedation takes effect quickly while also wearing off quickly. Patients usually feel relaxed and calm throughout their appointment. The effects of inhaled sedation wear off in about 10-15 minutes.
Intravenous sedation involves the use of medication that’s delivered through an IV. IV sedation takes effect almost immediately, and patients tend to feel completely relaxed during their dental procedure. Patients’ conscious awareness can be altered, so patients may not remember their procedure.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry is safe. After administering sedatives, our dentists monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. The dental team may also use monitoring equipment, such as a pulse oximeter, to ensure your oxygen levels remain normal.
Is sedation dentistry effective?
Yes! Sedation dentistry is effective for most patients. The sedatives used in dentistry are safe and effective. Typically, milder forms of sedation, such as nitrous oxide, are used in younger, less fearful patients. The stronger forms of sedation, such as oral conscious sedation or intravenous (IV) sedation, are better suited for patients who experience higher levels of dental anxiety.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Suppose you’re having trouble relaxing while at the dentist, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Before your procedure, we will meet with you to discuss your concerns. If you’re a good candidate, we will then recommend a sedation option based on your needs.
Your safety is our priority, and we use medications that are safe for children and adults. Before your procedure, your doctor will review your medical history, as well as answer any questions you have. Sedation dentistry allows patients to feel more relaxed and at ease during dental procedures.
To find out more about the dental services offered at West Lake Dental Care, call 704-483-1870 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 298 N. Hwy 16 Suite E, Denver 28037.