Dreading that Next Visit to the Dentist? Here’s Why Sedation Dentistry Might Be Right for You

Why do many people hate going to the dentist?  Why are root canals so scary?  One of the biggest answers to all of this is the pain.  No one wants to willingly let anyone cause them to hurt, especially in a sensitive area like their mouth.  However, a new type of dentistry may help alleviate some of that fear.  Sedation dentistry when done by a certified anesthesiologist helps remove pain from the procedure.  This makes it less frightening, especially for those who haven’t had dental surgery before or who have a major fear of dentists.

There are four different types of sedation dentistry.  The main difference is in the form of sedation.  Many people know of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide.  This is the most common type of sedation dentistry.  It’s a light form of anesthetic, and it wears off fairly quickly.  It’s not the best type of sedation for a long-term dental surgery, though.  For that, your dentist may want to use oral sedation, which involves taking several small pills.  If you opt for the pills, you may be too groggy to drive yourself home.

There are two more powerful types of sedation, and both are supervised by a board certified doctor or anesthesiologist.  The first is IV conscious sedation, which involves having an IV put in.  You won’t remember any part of the treatment, and you’ll be very relaxed during the entire process.  You may also be put under a general anesthesia, especially if all of your dental surgery will be done at once.  General anesthesia will completely know you out.  You won’t remember or feel anything.

Being sedated while undergoing a dental procedure, especially one that involves surgery, is a good option for many patients.  Your dentist will almost always recommend at least nitrous oxide for any procedure that’s going to involve pain.  If you’re going to have teeth removed, you may need to go with one of the stronger options.  There are very few downsides, especially if the anesthesia is being monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist.

If you need any sort of dental surgical procedure, talk to your dentist about your anesthetic options.  Knowing that you don’t have to go through a lot of pain may help you overcome some of your anxiety about having a dental procedure.

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