One of our most popular services is sedation dentistry. For many people, the dentist’s office is the last place they ever want to be. The whole experience is tainted by a sense of dread and fear so deep that they can’t bring themselves to make an appointment, much less keep one. We’re resharing a blog we wrote last year in order to explain the process of sedation dentistry and why it might be the answer to your dentophobia.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry provides patients with an experience that is both relaxing and free of fear. We use it for various patients in a wide array of circumstances, including routine cleanings, tooth extractions, and root canals.
What are the types of sedation?
- Nitrous Oxide: Known as “laughing gas,” it is a conscious inhalation that helps you relax.
- Oral Sedatives: You take a medication the night before, or at the office thirty minutes to an hour before your procedure. A common medication is Valium, depending on the patient and the situation.
- Intravenous: With IV sedation, the sedative is injected into the vein and therefore works more quickly.
- General Anesthesia: Medication is used to make you either completely or nearly completely unconscious.
All of these methods require a local anesthetic to eliminate pain.
Who does it help?
This method helps those who have:
- Severe dental phobias
- Strong gag reflexes
- Low threshold for pain
- Very sensitive teeth
- Small mouth that becomes fatigued
- Difficulty sitting for long periods of time
- Anxiety disorders
- Extensive procedures required during one appointment
Is it safe for children?
Some children are terrified of going to the dentist (here are helpful tips for preparing them for their first visit). In these cases, nitrous oxide and oral options are available. Be sure to discuss this alternative with your dentist in advance of any procedure.
Our office has extensive experience providing sedation dentistry services, and Asheville Dental was the first dentistry practice in western North Carolina to offer IV sedation. Questions or concerns? Call us at 828.277.5024 to discuss the advantages of dental work done under sedation. You also may contact us here. We will put your mind at ease and a smile on your face.