Sedation dentistry allows adults and children prone to anxiety or stress about dental work to have a more relaxed, comfortable experience. Sedatives, such as anti-anxiety medications, depressants, nitrous oxide, or tranquilizers, are used to ease the common concerns known as dental phobia.
The only sedative option for this type of dental care used to be intravenous, which is injected into the blood vessels of the arm or hand. Now many additional options are available. Oral sedation is the most commonly-used technique in the United States. It’s simple and noninvasive, requiring no needles.
The medications used for sedation dentistry are so effective in creating ease that most people don’t even recall much about the visit. While you’ll technically be awake, you may feel as though you slept through the entire process. A procedure that took hours to perform may feel as though it took a few minutes.
In addition to feeling calmer and your treatment seeming quicker, sedation dentistry allows many people to get the dental care they need, but would normally be too fearful of the procedure. People who receive it tend to schedule more routine checkups, which improves overall oral wellness. Sedation dentistry also allows people who wish for a cosmetic change in their teeth the chance to do so, while feeling more comfortable during the treatment and confident about their smile once it’s done.
The side effects of oral sedation tend to be mild and temporary. These include loss of concentration and poor coordination, which is why it’s important to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment. Sometimes people experience less appetite, lowered libido, or nightmares, but these are rare and short-lived.
The most common side effect of nitrous oxide is nausea, which usually only occurs if you’re overly sedated. Poor memory may linger on after IV sedation, and other possible side effects depend on the medication used. For ensured safety and assuredness, discuss your health history and any concerns you have with your dentist beforehand.
At Carrollton Family Dental, we have partnered with three medical financial groups, each of which can help with certain payment amounts and credit situations.
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