If you have an upcoming oral surgery such as wisdom teeth extraction or dental implant placement, you might have heard something about sedation dentistry. Our oral surgeon administers sedation dentistry to enhance patient care. Following are answers to common questions about dental sedation.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is used to improve patient comfort during oral healthcare treatments. Those receiving sedation experience an increase in physical comfort as well as emotional relaxation. Sometimes, patients with pronounced dental phobias benefit from sedation even if they aren’t receiving more extensive treatments.
When determining whether a person is a candidate for sedation, our oral surgeon will inquire about one’s health history, surgical history, lifestyle, and known allergies. This is important for ensuring that patients receive safe, high quality care.
When is sedation dentistry recommended?
Dental sedation might be recommended for a few reasons. This comfort amenity can improve a person’s experience during lengthy or more involved procedures. Some types of sedation can amplify benefits of analgesic medications.
Those with dental phobias or anxiety benefit from sedation because it prevents feelings of worry and panic. If you think you might benefit from sedation dentistry, be sure to discuss this treatment option with our surgeon.
What types of dental sedation are available?
There are three types of sedation used in oral surgery: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation.
Nitrous oxide involves inhaling an FDA-approved gas. This mild form of sedation wears off quickly so that it doesn’t impair a person’s ability to drive home or return to work after treatment. Nitrous oxide produces calming, euphoric feelings without long-lasting side effects.
For more extensive treatments or patients who experience significant anxiety, oral sedation might be recommended. This form of dental sedation entails taking prescription anti-anxiety medication prior to one’s appointment. Patients should not drive after receiving oral sedation.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is strong and long lasting. This type of sedation is reserved for procedures like wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement. Patients who choose this form of sedation will need a friend or family member to transport them to and from their appointment.
For additional information or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Jackson Oral Surgery today.