We’ve been talking a lot about sedation dentistry in Plantation, and now you know you have options for your dental phobia. Many adults have found that they can finally visit the dentist — after years of being unable to even bear the thought — since knowing about sedation dentistry. We’re so excited about that, because it confirms what we already know: that sleep dentistry makes good dental health more accessible to everyone, and that’s what we care about most.
You know that sleep dentistry is an excellent solution to dental anxiety, but what are your options? Read on to learn more and decide what might be right for you during your next procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an excellent choice for those with mild anxiety or who are undergoing a small procedure. You’ll wear a nasal mask while you’re in the dental chair — with this, you’ll breathe in nitrous oxide to help you relax completely throughout your procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off as soon as you remove the mask, meaning you’re able to drive home and continue your day as normal.
This anesthetic option uses a mild dose of general anesthesia to put patients into a very sleepy state — meaning you’re not quite unconscious. You will still be able to follow simple commands and answer your doctor’s questions, but you’re completely removed from the procedure and what’s going on around you.
Twilight sleep will help you feel totally relaxed throughout the procedure, and once the effects wear off, most patients report not remembering the time under sedation or right after. It’s an effective anesthetic option, and the recovery time is quick — but you will need to plan to have a loved one drive you home after your procedure.
Oral sedation is an increasingly popular choice for patients seeking sedation dentistry. With this method, you take a sedative pill before your dental procedure. Once you’re settled comfortably into the dental chair, your dentist will fit you with a nasal mask through which you’ll breathe more medicine to enhance the sedative effects. Like with twilight sleep, you’re technically awake during oral sedation — but you’re totally removed from what’s going on around you, ensuring your anxiety won’t be triggered by any sights, sounds or sensations.
The effects of oral sedation wear off quickly, but as with twilight sedation, you’ll need a loved one to drive you home from your procedure and monitor you for the next 24 hours.
General anesthesia is generally reserved for patients with severe anxiety or for very long procedures. With general anesthesia, the medicine is administered directly into the bloodstream and the patient is completely unconscious throughout the procedure. To make sure you’re safe while under anesthesia, our staff will continually monitor your heart and breathing throughout the procedure.
In order to receive this option, you should be in good overall health and plan for a loved one to drive you home and care for you after your procedure.
Trust Your Sleep Dentists
At Plantation Sleep Dentists, we are committed to helping you overcome your dental anxiety with sedation dentistry. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us today. We know you’ll be so glad you did.