Sedation dentistry is a procedure used to help anxious patients who need to undergo dental work. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives, which are medications that should be taken before your appointment to relax you.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry helps patients relax and stay calm in the dentist's chair. The following people can especially benefit from sedation dentistry at Day Dental Implants & Dentures, that serves patients from Moorhead, MN, 56529, 56560, 56561, 56562, 56563:
- Patients who experience dental anxiety
- Patients with a strong gag reflex
- Patients with a strong startle reflex
- Patients with low pain tolerance
- Patients who require multiple procedures
- Patients who need very lengthy procedures
- Patients who can't sit still for a long period of time
Types of Sedation Dentistry
- Oral Sedation
During oral sedation, patients are given a pill to take about an hour before their appointment. Oral sedation helps patients to relax during dental treatment. Many patients prefer oral sedation because it allows them to have little to no memory of the procedure. Patients typically remain awake during the procedure but will be in a sleep-like state. This is an ideal option for patients who experience anxiety at the dentist. During oral sedation, patients will be able to respond to questions and requests but will be in a deep state of relaxation. Oral sedation is also a popular choice for patients who have dental anxiety.
- Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is a sedative agent that is administered through a nasal hood. The gas is inhaled to induce feelings of relaxation and reduced anxiety in the dental patient. The gas creates a feeling of euphoria and mild sedation. Nitrous oxide is safe for both children and adults. It is also very predictable and can be adjusted as needed. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, and you will return to normal soon after treatment. During your sedation appointment, your dentist will control the amount of nitrous you receive and the duration of your treatment.
How Do They Work?
Oral sedation and nitrous oxide are both forms of conscious sedation. They allow you to fall into a relaxed, dream-like state during your dental procedure.
Conscious sedation allows you to remain awake during your procedure, but you'll be so relaxed that you won't remember much about the procedure afterward.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
With sedation dentistry, your dental procedure will be comfortable and painless. Your dentist will monitor your sedation level at all times and will keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. If you have dental anxiety, ask your Day Dental Implants & Dentures dentist about sedation dentistry. We offer dental sedation and serve patients from locations like Moorhead, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537, Alexandria, MN, 56308, Sisseton, SD, 57262, and Sioux Falls, SD, 57101.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Day Dental Implants and Dentures, call (701) 888-9222 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5120 Prosperity Way Ste. 108, Fargo, ND.