Common Sedation Dentistry Options

Common Sedation Dentistry Options

Posted by Dr. Escobar on Aug 11 2022, 09:32 AM

Sedation dentistry is uniquely designed for patients with dental anxiety. If you experience any type of anxiety related to your dental visits, then sedation dentistry can help. This treatment method allows you to relax during your procedure, and you may even drift off to sleep. With the help of sedation dentistry, you can finally say goodbye to your dental anxiety.

There are a variety of options from which to choose. 

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area that will be worked on. It is injected into soft tissue to numb the mouth. This type of dental sedation is often combined with nitrous oxide or oral sedation.

Local anesthesia is injected into the soft tissues around the teeth to numb the area. It is commonly used for minor procedures such as filling cavities, preparing teeth for crowns, or placing an orthodontic bracket or tooth band. It also can be used for more invasive procedures such as tooth extractions.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry involves taking a sedative pill or liquid before the dental procedure. The oral sedatives help patients relax so they can undergo dental procedures without stress or anxiety.

Most people will take a pill an hour before their appointment and arrive feeling completely relaxed and at ease. Oral sedation wears off quickly, so most patients can resume their regular activities directly after their procedure.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves administering sedatives through an IV. This method is often preferred by patients who experience higher levels of anxiety. IV sedation gives patients a “sleep dentistry” experience, meaning they won’t remember the procedure.

IV sedation is also effective for patients who require multiple treatments. Since the sedatives wear off in a few hours, a patient can return to the dentist’s office after the procedure is completed.

Inhalation Sedation

The safest and most common form of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask, putting the patient into a state of euphoric relaxation. The effects wear off quickly, and patients can usually drive themselves home after the procedure.

Stone Lake Dentistry is here to help you maintain your oral health. For appointments, please call us at (832) 930-7856 or visit us at 12711 Telge Rd Suite #100, Cypress, TX 77429. For more information, please email us at [email protected] 

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