Thanks to sedation, many of our oral surgery patients can feel relaxed during an extraction. We make sure that you are given the proper sedation, based on the procedure and your medical history. The following information will give you some ideas about what to expect. We, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants can give you more details if you need to have a dental procedure where sedation is used.
What Is Dental Sedation?
If you fear having a dental procedure, especially oral surgery, you can relax. Dental sedation can calm you so you don’t feel anxious. Even if you feel fearful about giving us a visit, sedation can put your mind at ease. This form of dental therapy is extremely helpful if you need to go through a longer dental procedure or need to schedule an extraction.
Contrary to what some patients think, dental sedation does not involve pain management. However, it does support pain management procedures, such as the application of numbing agents or shots. If you are frightened about getting an injection, sedation will calm you so you can receive the shot relaxed.
What Is Laughing Gas?
One of the best-known types of sedation used is nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas. Because it is a gas, nitrous oxide wears off fast soon after you stop inhaling it. You are also conscious of what is going on during the procedure.
When you receive this sedative, you normally can drive yourself home after the dental procedure. A nose-apparatus is used during the procedure so you can breathe the gas. You begin to feel the effects in about 30 seconds. This form of sedation may be used in conjunction with other types of sedatives.
What Are the Other Types of Sedation Besides Laughing Gas?
Oral sedation is another sedation that we use. Also known as conscious sedation, oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medicine before a dental procedure. Depending on the nature of the therapy, you might take a pill the night before the procedure and another pill prior to the treatment. You will remain awake but feel significantly relaxed. While you do remain conscious, you usually remember little, if anything, about the procedure. Make sure you have a friend or family member with you, as you will need a ride home after your treatment.
You might also opt for IV sedation, which is known as twilight sedation. You will remain conscious, but will not be too cognizant of your surroundings. Finally, one more option is general anesthesia, which must be carefully administered. Because it creates an unconscious state, general anesthesia is only used when patients undergo extensive oral surgery or resist other forms of sedation.
Will I Need Sedation Dentistry?
If you put off dental work out of fear or anxiety, you can benefit greatly by opting for sedation. Just speak to us about your dental concerns and fears. We can help you get past them by going over the dental process and your options for sedation. You are a good candidate for sedation dentistry if your primary reason for not seeking treatment is fear. Make sure you get the treatment you need by talking with us about our sedation offerings.
Do you need dental work but have a built-in fear keeping you from getting the care you need? If so, schedule an appointment with Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants at (737) 309-4351 today. Don’t put off until tomorrow dentally what you can do today. Ask about sedation dentistry and get your oral health under control.