If you are anxious about going to the dentist, you know that the anxiety you feel can be terrible. It can get so bad that you would rather avoid the care you need so that you won’t have to deal with the uncomfortable situation. At S&G Family Dentistry, we know how hard dental anxiety is to deal with, and with that in mind, we have sedation options available to help you feel at ease while you are getting the treatments you need.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation refers to administering a sedative to calm your nerves and make you relax. The amount of sedation you receive will dictate how relaxed you get. You can go from just taking the edge off to being only somewhat aware of your treatment. Your dental situation, and how you feel about getting dental work done, will determine what level of sedation you need to relax. The team at S&G Family Dentistry understand that some people need more help than others, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the anxiety you may feel when undergoing dental treatment. Just know that we will do all we can to help you through this process and keep you comfortable. Your comfort is one of our top priorities.
What Types of Sedation Does S&G Family Dentistry Offer?
S&G Family Dentistry offers two levels of dental sedation to our patients:
Nitrous Oxide – You probably are familiar with this form of sedation, even if you don’t know it by this name. Nitrous oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas” and is a common treatment for patients who need a little help feeling relaxed while in the chair. A combination of nitrogen and oxygen are inhaled via a nose piece and will take effect quickly. You will feel relaxed and carefree. This will allow you to get your treatment done comfortably, and you will be able to participate if needed. Nitrous wears off quickly following your appointment, so you will not need anyone to drive you home.
Oral Sedation – Oral sedation allows us to get you either slightly sedated (a little bit more than nitrous) or moderately sedated (drowsy and on the verge of awake and asleep). Your dentist will prescribe a sedative pill for you to take roughly an hour before your appointment. This will give the pill time to work its way into your system. Once the sedative begins to take effect, your treatment will begin. Your dentist will go over how much sedation you will need and issue the appropriate dosage. This kind of sedation will linger after your treatment is complete, so you will need to have a ride home.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
The main benefit of sedation dentistry is that you will be relaxed and comfortable during your time in the patient chair. This will allow Dr. Schopper or one of our other dentists the time they need to appropriately address your dental issues. It also allows you to keep your mouth healthy by not skipping out on dental visits.