Does the thought of visiting the dentist lead to intense panic and fear? You are not alone. Thousands of people suffer from dental phobias. Fortunately, those who fear needles and suffer with dental anxiety can talk to their oral healthcare provider about sedation dentistry. Sedatives are used in medical and dental settings to increase emotional and physical comfort. We offer two needle-free sedation dentistry options: nitrous oxide and prescriptions in tablet form.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is gas that is used as a mild sedative and analgesic in medical and dental settings. This gas has been used for over a century and is lauded for its fast effects. Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly, which is helpful to patients who choose not to arrange for transportation with a family member or close friend.
How can nitrous oxide help me?
Nitrous oxide can be beneficial for quite a few reasons. The most obvious reason, of course, is that the effects of the gas help our patients enjoy comfortable and positive experiences while in our care. Secondly, the sedating properties of nitrous oxide can temporarily relieve mild to moderate anxiety. Nitrous oxide is ideal for treatments like root canal therapy and placing fillings.
How will oral sedation affect me?
Oral sedation can produce a few common side effects like grogginess. In fact, many patients who receive oral sedation rest comfortably in our examination chairs while we perform treatments. Unlike nitrous oxide, patients cannot drive themselves to and from their appointment if oral sedation is prescribed. Patients taking oral sedatives should not drive because these medications impair motor and cognitive function.
What type of medication is prescribed?
If a patient is receiving oral sedation, he or she will likely be given a prescription for a mild sedative from a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. This family of medication is formulated specifically for combatting anxiety.
If you suffer with dental anxiety, our team is here to help. Call us today to reserve a consultation with our dentist.