A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Conscious sedation offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:
The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. At DAOE we primarily use Nitrous Oxide to alleviate patients dental anxiety. Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
If you have questions or concerns about dental anxiety, please contact our office.