The very thought of going to the dentist can make some people anxious. But we know that avoiding the dentist is not good for the health of your teeth and gums. Sedation dentistry is a great solution to easing fears, but you may be unsure of what it means. Here are some facts about sedation dentistry that you may not know:
Sedation dentistry does not mean you are unconscious
We offer three kinds of sedation – IV, oral and nitrous oxide – and with all of them you are conscious. Sedation and general anesthesia are not the same.
- IV conscious sedation is ideal for patients who experience significant anxiety or have lengthy or difficult procedures. Medicines are provided intravenously, so it works quickly. Dr. Jirik can adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure as needed.
- Oral conscious sedation consists of prescriptions for oral sedatives that are administered in the office before the procedure. Your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit.
- Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a simple and effective technique used for minor anxiety and procedures to help patients relax. It’s administered with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas usually wears off quickly.
You do not have to have dental anxiety to benefit from sedation dentistry
You do not need to have a fear of the dentist to benefit from sedation. Sedation is useful on any patient who may have a sensitive gag reflex or those who need help to remain calm and comfortable during procedures.
Sedation is offered for all kinds of procedures
Sedation dentistry can benefit all patients, even those who are receiving a basic general cleaning. Nitrous oxide is ideal for those who have minor tension about dental procedures or minor procedures.
With IV conscious and oral conscious sedation dentistry, you will want to follow the strict preoperative and postoperative instructions. You’ll also need a responsible adult to escort you home after the dental cleaning or procedure. With nitrous oxide, you can usually leave the office by yourself once recovered after the procedure.
Patient safety monitoring is key during sedation dentistry, and we are equipped to give you the best care and services you need for the health of your teeth. Call us today at (501) 843-9561 to learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment.