Keeping you comfortable before, during and after treatment. If you are afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. Dental phobias are quite common, but avoiding the dentist altogether is not the answer. If fear of discomfort has been standing between you and needed dental work, Dr. Verma is ready to put your fears to rest.
Dental sedation eases the symptoms of dental anxiety or dental phobia. There are varying degrees of dental sedation, depending on the extent of your fear – you and your dentist can evaluate your concerns to determine which method is best for you.
Nitrous oxide sedation
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask and induces a state of complete relaxation. Local anesthetic will also used to keep you pain-free.
Oral medication can be taken the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes to an hour prior to procedure, depending on the severity of the anxiety. Local anesthetic will be administered for pain.
Don’t let fear put your oral health in jeopardy. Call our office to learn more about sedation dentistry. Find out how we at Verma Dental can help you discover a pain-free solution to a beautiful, healthy smile.
To schedule a visit with Dr. Verma call our office today at (972)-279-9494.
Sedation Dentistry Q & A
What is sedation dentistry?
Also called sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry uses special medicines to help patients achieve a deep state of relaxation during dental visits and treatments. The goals of sedation dentistry are to help eliminate the anxiety many patients feel when visiting the dentist while also helping to make treatment more comfortable. Statistics show many, many people avoid the dentist due to fear and anxiety. Sleep dentistry can help these patients to get the care they need for better oral health while helping them eliminate their worries and anxiety. We will administer free laughing gas (N20) during any procedure being performed at the practice including dental cleanings for anxious patients.
What types of sedation are used?
That depends on the level of anxiety the patient is experiencing and the type of procedure that’s being performed, among other factors. Sedation may be provided using nitrous oxide (laughing gas), pills or IV sedative medications. Once the sedative takes effect, patients will feel deeply relaxed, sometimes dozing during the procedure while still remaining responsive. Some sedatives produce a temporary amnesic effect so patients remember nothing or very little of their procedure while experiencing little to no discomfort.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, today’s sedation techniques are very safe and have been used in dentist practices for many years. Prior to receiving sedation, each patient’s medical history is reviewed and patients are monitored while they’re sedated so they can feel completely confident in their care.
How will I feel after my procedure?
That depends on the type of sedation used. With nitrous oxide, patients begin to feel awake and alert as soon as the gas stops flowing. Other types of sedation can leave patients feeling a little groggy, and patients should arrange to have someone drive them home once their procedure is done. While it may be possible to go back to work following sedation, most patients will prefer to reserve the rest of the day for relaxing while the sedative wears off.