Studies have shown that more than 58 percent of the adult population struggles with some level of dental anxiety. Even though every good dentist will work really hard to keep you comfortable during treatment, sometimes, sedation dentistry is the best treatment option.
Sedation Dentistry Explained
Sedation dentistry involves using medication to sedate the patient before treatment so they do not have to be alert to deal with their anxiety or phobia about treatments. There are two primary forms of sedation dentistry available, and the dentist will assess your individual circumstances to determine which level fo care will work the best for you.
An IV sedation is most often used for patients who have severe dental treatment phobias. Much like being sedated before surgery, being sedated before dental treatment will induce the same asleep state so you will not know anything is taking place.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This form of sedation dentistry involves using an inhalable gas through a mask that fits over your mouth and nose or through a nose piece. Often referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation induces a relaxed state. This form of sedation is usually paired with local anesthetic as well.