We know most people don’t eagerly await their next dental appointment. It’s why Asheville Dental strives to make every experience a comfortable one. But some people dread the thought of a checkup and put it off for years. Maybe you relate? Did you know that in many cases we can ease your anxiety by using sedation dentistry during both simple and complicated procedures?
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry provides patients with an experience that is 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.
Is Sedation Right For Me?
Sedation 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 sedation are options. 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 to discuss the advantages of dental work done under sedation. We will put your mind at ease and a smile on your face.