How does sedation work for nervous patients?

Are you stressed or nervous about your dental session? Ask your dentist to prescribe you a sedation procedure. This process will help you to feel better and get relaxed during your dental treatment.

What exactly is a sedation procedure?

Sedation dentistry is the process of administering sedative medications to reduce your anxiety, stress, and fear during a dental procedure. When you’re sedated, you’ll be less sensitive to pain and more relaxed.

In other words, if you think your dental treatment is going to be stressful and painful, ask your dentist about sedation dentistry.

When is the sedation required for dental patients?

Sedation may be used when the dentist is performing a procedure that is particularly unpleasant, such as removing impacted teeth or treating a fractured jaw.

What kind of patients requires sedation before dental treatment?

  • Patients who have dental anxiety.
  • Patients who have a fear of visiting the dentist.
  • People who have a fear of needles (aichmophobia).
  • Patients who have extreme teeth sensitivity.
  • People who have feelings of claustrophobia while in the dental chair.
  • People with decreased sensitivity to local anesthesia.

How can a sedation procedure help nervous patients?

Sedation dentistry can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Dental phobias
  • Dental anxiety
  • Pain and sensitivity
  • Deep cleaning-Cosmetic dentistry and more!

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is the safest, most comfortable, and most convenient way of getting dental treatment done under the care of a dentist.

How is the sedation procedure administered by the dentists?

A variety of sedation dentistry techniques are available and it’s important to understand each one so you can choose the right option for you.

Sedation can be administered in a number of ways including intravenously or orally. If you’re not a fan of needles, you can opt for oral sedation which is administered by pill. Your dentist can also go for an IV administration to make you feel better during your dental treatment. Sedation techniques are safe and effective and can also be used in conjunction with nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

FAQs related to sedation procedures

What’s the recovery time: Recovery times vary?
It depends on what type of sedation you choose and how your body responds to the medication. In general, those who have nitrous oxide typically recover within 30 minutes with no headache or nausea. Others may take 24 hours for a full recovery.

When can I resume driving?
Most people need 24 hours to recover from sedation, but if you had nitrous oxide, you’re free to go and drive once you leave.

When can I start eating?
You can eat and drink right after your appointment so long as you wait there are a few hours for the anesthesia to wear off. It’s best to start with something light like a liquid, and progress to a smoothie or shake. If you’re feeling up to it, you can eat a solid meal a few hours later.

When can I resume my work or school?
As with any medication, the dentist will let you know when you can return to work or school after your appointment. Oral or intravenous sedatives may cause a drowsy feeling and nausea. Ideally, you should take these one full day before returning to work or school, but some people will need longer. Your dentist will be able to tell you how your experience compares to that of others.