Sedation dentistry is the practice of using medication to help patients relax during dental treatments. With sedation dentistry, patients are able to undergo treatment in a completely relaxed and worry-free state. Some dental procedures require patients to sit for long periods of time. This not only makes their treatment easier but also makes their treatment safer.
Some patients find that they’re nervous or even fearful about visiting the dentist. This may be due to a bad experience in the past, a strong gag reflex, or anxiety. At Rosemont Dental Center, we offer sedation dentistry to help patients relax during treatments.
Some of the most common types of sedation dentistry include:
With oral sedation, a dental professional will prescribe you a sedative to take at home. You will typically need to allow one hour for the sedative to take effect. You will then be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment. The oral sedative will allow you to feel calm and relaxed, even though you will be awake during your procedure.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a mild sedative mixed with oxygen. The gas is delivered through a mask worn over the nose and mouth. The effects wear off quickly, allowing you to resume normal activities immediately.
General anesthesia involves the administration of drugs through an IV, so the patient is completely asleep and unaware of the treatment being administered. It is often administered for oral surgery, such as a wisdom tooth extraction, or for root canal treatment. It may also be administered in cases where patients have multiple procedures performed in one appointment.
Sedation dentistry can help patients stay calm and relaxed during treatments. However, it’s important to understand that it’s not right for everyone. Patients who are undergoing emergency treatments, for example, should not be sedated. If you experience intense dental anxiety or phobia, sedation can help.
To ensure that you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry, Dr. Askari will need to conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth, and gums. This examination will help him determine the right sedation dentistry option for you.
Visit Rosemont Dental Center, 2090 Old Farm Dr #C, Frederick, MD 21702, or contact the Dentist in Frederick, MD, by calling us at (301) 663-1144 to know more about dental and oral health.