We understand that not everybody likes coming to the dentist. You are not alone! Fortunately we offer sedation dentistry for a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for fearful patients. It helps to establish a relaxed and calm state through the use of sedatives. In addition, sedation dentistry helps people who may need many dental procedures done but don’t have time for multiple appointments.
IV (Intravenous) Sedation
IV sedation is an option that allows for dental procedures to be performed while you are under the influence of a sedative drug administered via an injection. IV sedation is different than surgical procedures performed under general anaesthetic—you are not unconscious, but rather in an induced highly relaxed, sleep-like state.
When you ‘wake up’ you will not remember anything about the entire procedure. In addition, no pain will be felt during the procedure, and it will feel like no time has passed. Dr. Linh Vu and our team are trained in the specifics of sleep dentistry and qualified to perform procedures using this method.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Several medications are available to help create a more relaxed, comfortable dental visit. Some drugs control pain, some help you relax, and others put you into a deep sleep during dental treatment.
We can discuss a number of factors when deciding which drugs to use for your treatment: the type of procedure, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are considered when determining which approach is best for your particular case.
Is there dental work you’ve been putting off? To get more information about how sedation dentistry can work for you, use the contact form below to get in touch. You can also click to call at: (360) 380-4553