Article written by Elite Dental Group.
Someadults are uncomfortable with dental visits as they may have experienced invasive treatments in the past, which have left them in pain and discomfort. Modern dentistry however involves equipment and treatment methods that are non-invasive with shorter healing times.
For those who are apprehensive, dentists offer sedation options that help patients relax during a procedure.
Some sedation options for dental anxiety are discussed below.
Nitrous oxide – Nitrous oxide also knows as happy gas, is an effective way to relax patients throughout dental procedures. The odorless, tasteless gas is provided to both adults and children throughout the procedure. The effects usually are felt for 5-10 mins at a time.
IV sedation – Patients with severe anxiety can opt for IV sedation. This form of sedation is administered by an anesthetist or a trained dentist. IV sedation will make a patient unconscious. Once awake patients often feel like they have had a short nap. Professionals will monitor the patient’s blood pressure, oxygen levels, and pulse while they are sedated.
Often a dentist will ask an anxious patient, requesting sedation to visit them before their treatment. At this consultation, the dentist will highlight how patients should prepare for their treatment and sedation, their procedure, and aftercare. After any sedation procedure, patients will be advised not to drive or use any heavy equipment as they can fall asleep. Once the patient is home, it is advised that they are accompanied for 24 hours.
Dental anxiety is a common condition and one that is easily handled by experienced dentists. However, if a patient still feels uncomfortable with a procedure, sedation is a good option, especially if the procedure is time-consuming.
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