Do you have dental anxiety? Are your fears keeping you from seeing your dentist regularly? Then sedation dentistry may be for you.
Abilene Family Dentists wants to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Each operatory is equipped with television, headphones, blankets and pillows. Sedation is not just for those that are fearful of the dentist. It is also an option for those that have highly sensitive teeth, a sensitive gag reflex, have difficulty remaining still in the chair and those that require a large amount of dental treatment. In addition to relaxation and comfort, sedation dentistry also allows us to achieve as much treatment as possible in one visit.
Our office offers two kinds of sedation dentistry: Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation.
Nitrous Oxide or "laughing gas" is an inhaled minimal sedation. The gas combined with oxygen is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas allows patients to relax during their dental treatment. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and pure oxygen is administered for about five to ten minutes. The nitrous tends to wear off quickly, rarely producing any side effects. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral Sedation is administered by taking 1-2 pills. Typically, the pill taken is Halcion which is a member of the same drug family as Valium. Depending on the dose, this minimal to moderate state of sedation causes a deep state of relaxation and although you are in a sleep-like state, you are still responsive. Halcion has a slight amnesia effect so it is common to not remember most of the procedure. With this oral sedation, you are required to have someone drive you to our office and home since it will take several hours for the effects to wear off.
Sedation is a great option for easing dental anxiety and an elective way to make patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before receiving sedation, it is important that your dentist has a current medical history with an accurate list of any medications you are receiving. Your dentist will provide you with pre-op and post-op sedation instructions.
Oral sedation is a great option for easing anxiety and calming fears about dental treatment.
If you have any questions about Sedation Dentistry please contact our office.