August 3, 2017
Do you dread visiting the dentist? Are you one of those patients who cancels and reschedules dentistry appointments multiple times? You may be experiencing dental anxiety. This is very common and has many causes, but the result is the same – going to the dentist is stressful and frightening. At Accent Family Dentistry, our Angier dentist and team can help. Not only do we treat patients kindly and offer safe, comfortable treatments, we also provide sedation dentistry options to help patients stay relaxed and free from pain during any dental treatment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Possibly the most popular form of sedation, nitrous oxide is a gas inhaled through a nasal mask allowing patients to achieve greater comfort and relaxation during any dental procedure. Often referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide induces a feeling of euphoria in patients. Throughout any dental procedure we can continuously adjust the dose of nitrous oxide to ensure patients remain completely comfortable, and once your treatment is complete, nitrous oxide sedation wears off quickly. You can go right back to your regular daily routine.
Like nitrous oxide, the level of intravenous (IV) sedation can be adjusted throughout treatment to ensure patients remain comfortable. However, the sedative administered through the IV is much stronger than nitrous oxide. During treatment, patients will remain awake, but they will experience an advanced level of relaxation. Best of all for many patients, the entire appointment is forgotten ater treatment. Because of the deep level of sedation, patients will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from our office. Additionally, the effects of IV sedation are long lasting, so patients should plan to rest for eight to twelve hours following treatment before resuming their regular daily activities.
What’s Right for You?
Like any dental treatment option, sedation dentistry isn’t right for everyone. If you do decide a sedative would improve your treatment experience, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of nitrous oxide and IV sedation in our office. We typically recommend nitrous oxide for patients who have mild dental phobia, those who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone, and those who need help relaxing but don’t have the extra time to be away from their daily activities while they recover from sedation. IV sedatives are used for those patients with more severe dental anxiety, those who need to have one or more complex treatments and would like to complete them in a single visit, and those patients who have cognitive or physical impairments that make treatment unsafe or uncomfortable. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to find out more about your sedation dentistry options.
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