Undergoing Oral Sedation
Many people feel nervous about visiting the dentist but, for some, the anxiety goes beyond just a little unease. Patients with a severe fear of needles, highly sensitive teeth, sensitive gag reflex, or other issues causing significant troubles while in the dentist chair, will find oral sedation to be a huge boon.
Oral sedation often involves the use of prescription medication. Patients requiring it are requested to take it approximately one hour before their schedule dental procedure to help them remain calm and comfortable. This medication facilitates a relaxed yet responsive state of being that alleviates almost all mental and physical signs of nervousness. During the dental procedure, patients remain conscious but mentally detached. Such effects generally last an average of six hours and will require the patient to have assistance to and from the dental office.
Another type of sedation used is nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas”. Laughing gas can be used just before the procedure to put patients immediately in a relaxed yet fully responsive state in which they won’t feel any pain or stress during their visit. Nitrous oxide wears off fairly quickly so that patients can generally leave the office on their own terms and immediately resume their normal activities.
Both oral sedation and nitrous oxide are effective tools your dentist uses to enhance your dental experience.