Sedation dentistry is a great option for Little Rock residents who feel uncomfortable or nervous about visiting the dentist. Many of these individuals would rather opt to go through life with the pain produced by a toothache as opposed to visiting the dentist. And, truthfully, they’re not alone. The sense of fear and discomfort about going to the dentist is widespread. However, for those who avoid going to the dentist, sedation dentistry may be just what they need to bring their anxiety levels down. It has been successfully used on Little Rock residents for things as simple as a teeth cleaning to things as complicated as more involved procedures.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is when medication is used to make it easier for a patient to relax during their dental procedure. Some have called it sleep dentistry. However, that term does not usually accurately describe what happens to the patient. In most instances, the patient is actually awake during their treatment.
Sedation dentistry comes in different categories. The lightest is minimal sedation. This is where the patient is completely awake and completely aware, but they just feel a little relaxed. With a moderate form of sedation dentistry, the patient is still conscious. They may not remember much of the procedure when it is done.
Types of Sedation
One of the most common forms of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide. Sometimes given the nickname laughing gas, nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a mask over your nose. The gas causes you to relax. The dentist has complete control over how much sedation you feel. The benefit of nitrous oxide is that it wears off very fast.
Oral sedation is where you’re given sedation in the form of a pill. The pill should make you feel sleepy, but you’ll still be awake. The larger the dose, the more sedated you will be. IV sedation is yet another form of sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry has helped many Little Rock residents get the oral health care they need. During your consultation at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot, we will discuss the treatment options available with the goal of finding one that is right for you. Contact us today to book an appointment with our cosmetic dentist!