A lot of dentists know it is a common feeling to fear going to the dentist. Because of this common thought, had by people around the world, doctors have introduced sedation dentistry to their list of procedures they are capable of. There are many forms of sedation dentistry, and your doctor will choose the best one depending on the treatment you’re going to undergo.
When a dentist offers sedation treatments, they usually will have nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Each eases the patient to a different level and can be used if decided on by the dentist.
Nitrous oxide tends to be a good option for most patients because of its safety and effectiveness. Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas is a type of sedative that you inhale through a mask, that passes the nitrous oxide to the patient along with oxygen. This mix keeps the patient alert, but in a subdued state, where they are responsive but not anxious. Laughing gas does not put people to sleep, but allows people to ease their minds.
Oral sedation is used by dentists for more serious cases. Oral sedation must be prescribed by your doctor and taken at their recommendation. This will also ease patients into a relaxed state to ensure the procedure goes well for both the patient and dentist.
Lastly, IV sedation is a popular choice for extraction procedures. IV sedation is administered through the vein by a needle and typically relaxes people to the point of sleeping. This is ideal for extraction cases because patients usually fear the tooth pulling, or the wisdom teeth noises that come from the routine procedure. IV sedation is one of the strongest types of anesthesia used by dentists, so unless you are extremely anxious, your dentist may not decide to put you under.
There are many options available to make procedures go as smoothly as possible. While anesthesia is useful for the patients, it is also useful for the dentists because it allows them to perform their treatment with ease and certainty. Contact our office and speak with an experienced dentist about sedation dentistry in the Elmhurst, Queens and Manhattan, NY, area today!