When a patient suffers from dental anxiety, dental phobia, or other dental conditions, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized. There are many reasons patients consider sedation dentistry. People who have high fear, have had traumatic experiences, hate needles and shots, have difficulty getting numb, have very sensitive teeth, have complex dental problems, or have a bad gag reflex.
Sedation Dentistry Options
It is important to review each option of sedation dentistry to decide which procedure best fits you personally.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is an odorless gas that combines with oxygen to produce a euphoric feeling, usually within five minutes from administration. With its rapid onset, ease of administration, no "hangover" effect, and history of safety, nitrous oxide is the most commonly used agent to increase patient comfort during dental procedures. It is especially effective in apprehensive children. The biggest advantage is you recover immediately without any residual grogginess associated with other sedation methods.
- - Rapid onset
- - Very few side effects
- - Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
- - Drive yourself home after