Sedation Dentistry in Port Orchard

Most dentists cannot count the number of times a patient has asked “can you just put me to sleep for this” referring to an upcoming dental procedure. Many patients request some sort of sedation due to generalized fear and anxiety about getting dental treatment. There are different types of sedation, some of which are significantly different than others. Determining which one is right for you can be determined by talking with your dentist about your level of fear and anxiety. Here is a summary of the types of sedation your dentist might offer. 
 
Oral Sedation
 
Oral sedation is that which is induced by taking a pill of some sort. Most often, a prescription medication like Xanax or Triazolam (also known as Halcion) are in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. These drugs are formulated specifically for reducing anxiety. They can make you feel more relaxed and thus less apprehensive about treatment. It is important to understand that this type of sedation does nothing in terms of reducing potential pain levels. 
 
Nitrous Oxide
 
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous is continually administered throughout a dental procedure through a specialized mask. Because it is mixed with oxygen and is given under close supervision, the type of nitrous oxide received at a dental office is entirely safe and its effects wear off in minutes after administration is halted. Like oral medications, nitrous oxide reduces nervousness and anxiety, although to a higher degree. Many patients report a sensation of “tingliness” or feel as if they are floating. Like oral sedatives, though, nitrous oxide is not a pain-reducing drug. 
 
IV Moderate Sedation
 
IV sedation of any kind is generally reserved for the most apprehensive of patients, particularly those who have significant dental needs that would ideally be completed all at once. This method involves an intravenous administration of medication that induces a “sleep-like” state. The patient is not completely “knocked out,” but will have little to no recollection of the procedure afterwards.
 
General Anesthesia
 
General anesthesia is the kind that involves being “put under.” This type of anesthesia is used primarily in surgeries. In the world of dentistry, an oral surgeon would be most likely to use this type for extractions or other types of invasive oral surgeries. 
 
Dental fear and anxiety is very common and should not keep you from receiving needed dental care. If you feel that you can benefit from some form of sedation dentistry in Port Orchard, your dentist can help you decide which method is best for you. 
 
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