Visiting the dentist may sometimes make you feel anxious. Dental anxiety is a real fear many individuals have, and it can be attributed to the misconception that all dental procedures cause pain. However, our dentist, Dr. Guster, will make sure you do not experience anxiety or pain during your visit to our dental practice with the help of oral sedatives.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Oral sedation is the subtle art of administering mild sedatives to help you calm down and ease your nerves during dental procedures. Most individuals believe that sedation is used only during surgeries to numb the tissues of the body or put the patient into a state of sleep. But, sedation can also be used to calm patients down when they feel too nervous about being seated in the dental chair. Here are some of the most prominent sedatives we use in dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is one of the most widely used oral sedatives. It is a gaseous sedative that has to be inhaled through a comfortably fitting mask, and once the drug takes effect, patients would feel a lot more at ease and less tense. Laughing gas is a mild sedative whose effects last for a few minutes and has no adverse impact on the patient. We recommend nitrous oxide for children, teenagers, and patients who feel too anxious to be seated still during the procedures.
Oral Sedation and IV Sedation
Oral sedation is administered through pills that you have to consume. IV sedation is administered directly into the patient's vein by a well-trained sedation expert. Both these types of sedation can be used to induce moderate or deep effects based on the dosage, which have applications ranging from easing the nerves to putting the patient to deep sleep for complicated procedures. They are called oral conscious sedation as the patient would be in a state of partial sleep as they have to respond to the commands of the dentist.
Our experienced team will help you regain your smile. Please reach out to us on call at (773) 445-1009 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.