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What You Need To Know About Sedation Dentistry

Posted in Cosmetic DentistrySedation Dentistry

Does the thought of going to a cosmetic dentist make you nervous? If so, then you will be happy to know that sedation dentistry can help ease your worries. Sedation is the act of using medications to help patients relax. Inhaled conscious sedation, which is also referred to as laughing gas, is a form of sedation that is frequently used for dental procedures. Laughing gas is made up of oxygen and nitrous oxide.

There are a number of benefits that come along with using inhaled conscious sedation. This form of sedation has been shown to be very effective for alleviating mild to moderate anxiety as the effects of the gas will be felt immediately. Inhaled conscious sedation also has an analgesic, or pain-relieving, effect. Additionally, there are very few side effects associated with laughing gas, and patients will be able to drive themselves home from the dentist office after their procedure has been completed.

There are other advantages that come along with inhaled conscious sedation, but it is important to be cognizant of the fact that it may not work for patients who have severe anxiety. It is also not indicated for people who have respiratory problems, such as asthma. Furthermore, if you suffer from claustrophobia, then you may not like the idea of wearing a mask over your face.

There are also pills that can be administered. These pills work well for most people, and they are safe to use. Sedation pills also cost less than oral conscious sedation. However, these pills do not alleviate pain, and you will not be able to drive home after your procedure.

You should contact the dentist office today if you want to know more about sedation dentistry. As your South Charlotte cosmetic dentist, we will determine the form of sedation that is right for you. Contact us today!