Sedation Dental Services
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Sedation dentistry is a type of dental service that is designed to help patients who experience anxiety or fear about dental procedures. This service can include several different types of sedation options, including nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), oral sedatives, and intravenous (IV) sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective method of sedation that can help patients relax during dental procedures. The gas is administered through a small mask placed over the patient's nose, and it wears off quickly after the procedure is complete.
Oral sedatives are another option for patients who experience anxiety or fear about dental procedures. These medications are typically taken prior to the appointment and can help the patient feel relaxed and calm during the procedure.
IV sedation is a deeper form of sedation that is typically reserved for patients who require extensive dental work or have severe anxiety about dental procedures. During IV sedation, medication is administered directly into the patient's bloodstream through an IV line, which helps to induce a state of deep relaxation.
Regardless of the type of sedation used, patients who undergo sedation dentistry will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who can transport them home safely after the appointment. The dentist will also provide detailed instructions about what to expect during the appointment and how to prepare for the sedation. If you are experiencing anxiety or fear about dental procedures, sedation dentistry may be a good option to help you get the dental care you need.