May 30, 2021
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who suffer from dental phobia, anxiety, nervousness, or overstimulation whenever they visit their dentist for a treatment or preventive care. Without it, many patients may be tempted to skip out on important appointments due to overwhelming emotional responses to the thought of sitting in a treatment chair. If you believe you could benefit from sedation dentistry, a good way to help ease some of your nerves leading up to your appointment is by learning more about the different methods of sedation and what you can expect throughout the process. Read on to learn more!
What Type of Dental Sedation Should You Get?
Your sedation dentist likely offers several different methods of sedation to help you feel relaxed and comfortable in the treatment chair. The type that you receive will depend on the treatment you’re getting, the severity of your dental phobia, and your medical history. Because of this, it’s best to consult with your dentist beforehand so you can feel comfortable and confident in your treatment. There are a couple of different types you can choose from:
- IV Sedation. Medication is administered directly into the bloodstream for fast-acting effects. This method is typically suggested for patients undergoing lengthy treatments or who have severe dental phobia.
- Oral Conscious Sedation. No needles or face masks necessary, just take a single prescribed pill before your appointment. When you arrive, you’ll already feel at-ease and more comfortable than you typically would.
How Does Dental Sedation Feel?
The medications used for both IV sedation and oral conscious sedation are administered in an effort to help you feel more relaxed and suppress some of your senses so you don’t get overstimulated. You’ll be conscious under both forms of sedation, meaning you’ll be able to respond to your dental team’s questions. However, many patients report not being able to remember the appointment itself, which is a great benefit for some folks who would rather not. Since the effects of IV and oral conscious sedation linger, you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drop you off and pick you up from your visit.
What Can You Expect After Your Treatment?
The IV sedation and oral conscious sedation drugs can take awhile to get out of your system, so you’ll need to take the day off of work to give yourself plenty of time to rest and recover. It’s also natural to feel a little groggy, but don’t worry, any lingering effects should wear off within a day. Be sure to stay hydrated and follow any post-op instructions provided to you by your sedation dentist. Also, have a family member or friend stay with you to help if you need anything!
Dental sedation has the power to help you have a comfortable experience at the dentist’s office, which is priceless. By being prepared and knowing what to expect before, during, and after your visit, you can help ease any lingering anxieties and feel more confident when you show up for your appointment.
About the Author
Dr. Brent Cline has always had a passion for dentistry because it combines his two favorite subjects, science and chemistry! He is dedicated to providing comfortable and educational dental care to all of his patients, and he has completed over 70 hours of continuing education over the course of the last two years, allowing him to become certified by the State of Idaho to offer IV sedation. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Oxford Dental Care of Idaho Falls’ website or call 208-529-0420.
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