Advances in dental technology have reduced the pain caused during dental procedures to a great extent. There are, however, a few patients who experience anxiety in the dentist’s office. A research estimates that over 75 million Americans have some degree of dental fear.
The anesthesia administered during dental procedures is not enough to calm such patients. Dentists therefore make use of sedation dentistry techniques to help patients stay comfortable and relaxed during their treatment.
Sedation Dentistry involves the administration of sedatives prior to a dental procedure in order to eliminate anxiety. You will remain conscious during treatment and will be able to respond to your dentist’s questions. There are quite a few types of sedation dentistry techniques used by dentists these days:
- Oral Sedation: This is the most commonly used form of sedation in America and involves the use of a small pill administered orally about an hour before your dental procedure. Oral sedation produces a light to moderate effect.
- Inhalation Sedation: This involves the inhalation of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) by means of a mask placed over the nose. The effects of the gas wear off once the mask is removed.
- IV Sedation: in this form of sedation, the sedative is administered intravenously, and the effects can be felt much sooner than in other forms of sedation. Your dentist will be able to adjust the level of sedation during the procedure.
If you want to know more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you get rid of your dental fears and maintain better oral health, visit Papadakis & Gonzalez DDS in NYC. Call us at (212) 689-7199 for appointments.