Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Nov 01, 2020

Many people actively avoid visiting the dental office because of dental phobia. Worse still, some people only visit the dentist only when they have severe pain. But that doesn’t have to be you. With dental sedation, you can stay calm during the dental procedure. In this post, we answer some of the common questions about sedation dentistry in Richmond, TX.

What is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to relieve phobia and anxiety and make the patient comfortable during the procedure. Dental sedation makes even the most complex dental procedure bearable and allows the dentist to perform any procedure with ease.

When is Sedation Dentistry Used?

Our dentist in 77407 can recommend dental sedation if you:

  • Have severe dental phobia and anxiety
  • Suffer from gag reflex
  • The dentist is performing a complex procedure
  • The gums cannot get numbed with local anesthesia
  • You have a low threshold of pain
  • Have trouble staying still for long periods
  • Easily nauseated by the smell of dental medication

What Types of Dental Sedation Are Available?

We have different levels of sedation ranging from mild to deep sedation. All of these types of sedation offer different pros and cons.

  • Laughing gas

It is not referred to as laughing gas because it will cause you to laugh uncontrollably. But because it creates a euphoric feeling. It relaxes your nerves and keeps you relaxed. Laughing gas takes effect easily, and that is why it is administered a few minutes before the procedure. The dentist will give you nitrous oxide via a mask. As it rises, it lowers oxygen levels and gives you that ‘feel good’ sensation.

It also wears out relatively quickly, enabling you to resume normal activities easily. This is what makes it ideal for children. You will not be asleep during the procedure, and you’ll be able to see what the dentist is doing.

Because it is mild sedation, laughing gas is the only ideal for mild to moderate procedures.

  • Oral sedation

Oral or the pill sedation is given orally. Unlike the laughing gas, you will take a pill a few hours before the procedure because it takes time to take effect. The pill will not cause you to be unconscious, but you will have no memory of the procedure.

The one downside of using oral sedation is the dosage cannot be adjusted. Every person metabolizes medication differently, and it is difficult to tell when the effect will kick in.

It takes time to take effect and even longer to wear out. You will not be able to resume your activities easily.

  • IV sedation

Intravenous sedation is similar to the oral. But, instead of a pill, the dentist will give the medication via the veins. It also doesn’t cause unconsciousness, but you will not be aware of or have a recollection of the procedure. You may, however, doze off but can be easily awakened by a gentle shake.

The IV sedation allows the dentist to control the dosage, making it ideal for moderate to severe dental procedures.

  • General sedation

With the general or deep sedation, the dentist will give you medication either orally or intravenously to make you almost or fully unconscious. This dental sedation is used in a complex dental procedure like surgical wisdom teeth extraction.

General sedation causes you to sleep, and you cannot be easily awakened. Most times, the dentist will use medication to reverse the effects.

Is Dental Sedation Safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe if performed by a licensed dentist. All dentists can give the laughing gas and oral sedation. But, one needs a license to administer the IV and deep sedation.

Are There Side Effects of Using Dental Sedation?

After the sedative has worn off, you may experience:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Grogginess

The medication wears off differently in everyone. Some people may recover easily, while others will take time. Regardless of how soon you recover, we advise you to have a friend or family member accompany you to your dental appointment. Do not drive yourself, even if you get the laughing gas.

Visit Southern Charm Dental for more information on sedation dentistry in 77407, the types and benefits of using it.

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