If you have a real fear of visiting the dentist, you should take advantage of sedation dentistry. Sedation is offered along with other featured dental services in Edmond OK. Fortunately, sedation dentistry makes it possible for a fearful patient to visit a dentist without concern. Phobias about going to the dentist can develop from prior negative experiences or lengthy dental procedures.
Types of Sedation
Currently, dental patients have three options for
sedation when undergoing dental services. These options include oral
sedation, inhalation sedation (which includes the use of nitrous
oxide), or IV sedation. IV sedation is recommended for patients who
wish to have little or no memory of a dental treatment.
Making a Determination
When sedation is used along with dental services,
the dentist will determine what kind of sedation to administer in
accordance with a patient’s overall health, age, or other
Patients who choose oral sedation normally feel
more relaxed. However, they are aware of the treatment process.
On the other hand, inhalation sedation involves
inhaling nitrous oxide, which is administered during the dental
procedure. Oxygen is administered after the treatment to assist in
reversing the effect of the gas.
IV sedation is more complex in nature. The night
before a dental procedure, patients are asked to abstain from
consuming foods or beverages. The sedative, administered
intravenously, places the patient in a deep sleep. During the dental
treatment, the patient is monitored by a dental anesthesiologist who
adjusts the dosage, if necessary.
How to Find Out if Sedation Is Right for
Depending on the type of sedation used, you will
need to have someone drive you home after your dental procedure. That
way, you can get a better grasp of what is involved and contact the
dental provider with your concerns and inquiries.
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