Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. For minimal sedation, you take a pill about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. Most patients remember nothing from the appointment.
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient through a face mask. Nitrous oxide helps people feel relaxed and is a very common form of sedation used in the dental office. Effects wear off quickly after the gas is turned off. This is the only form of sedation under which patients can drive after the procedure and can eat food within a 12-hour period of the procedure. With IV, oral and general anesthesia, the patient cannot drive following the procedure or eat after midnight the night before the procedure.
Fear of pain is a major reason people don’t visit their dentist on a regular basis, however, today there is a wide range of medications and techniques that can be used to reduce or eliminate pain and control anxiety during dental procedures. Contact us to learn about how easy it is to overcome dental anxiety.