Don’t let fear of dental treatment come in the way of your dental health. At Bliss Family Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry so that patients can address their dental health without the obstacles of anxiety and trepidation.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of pharmacological agents to reduce the anxiety and apprehension of frightened patients so that they can relax during their treatment. During sedation, you will be drowsy, but you will still be able to respond to the dentist’s instructions.
What are the Types of Sedation?
At Bliss Family Dentistry, we use different levels of sedation, depending upon the anxiety of the patient as well as the estimated length of the planned procedure:
• Nitrous Oxide/ Inhalation Sedation – this is one of the most common and simplest forms of sedation. You will be asked to wear a mask through which you will breathe a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is used when mild sedation is required for short procedures. The onset of sedative effect of nitrous oxide is immediate, and it goes away as soon as the mask is removed.
• Oral Sedation – the sedative effect of oral sedation is more potent than inhalation. You will take one sedative one night before, and one immediately before your appointment. Although the effect of oral sedation is more prolonged and profound than inhalation, you will remain conscious enough to be able to respond.
• Intravenous Sedation – with this type of sedation, we will inject a sedative directly into your bloodstream. The onset of sedative effect if very rapid and persists for a long time. You will feel as if you’re asleep, but you will be responsive and conscious. Our anesthetist will carefully monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure. IV sedation is reserved for disabled individuals, children who find it difficult to sit still, and those who require extensive procedures in a single sitting.
Even if you are not afraid of dental treatment, getting your treatment done under sedation can be a very soothing and relaxing experience for you.