Does the thought of visiting the dentist give you panic attacks and nightmares? Well do not worry as here at Savernake Dental offer Dental Sedation for our more anxious patients!
Dental sedation is used during procedures that may not necessarily require sedation, but sedation is necessary in order for the patient to relax during treatment.
Sedation choices are administered in different ways and will vary by your anxiety level. You can speak with your dentist before your appointment about which one is right for you.
Here are your options when it comes to sedation dentistry.
Low Anxiety: Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
You’ve certainly heard of laughing gas, which is one of the lightest forms of sedation. Laughing Gas is a way of helping people relax by using gas and air, but unlike when it is used for women in labour the mix is adjusted perfectly for the individual to help them feel calmer and comfortable.
Its effects will wear off fairly quickly and you’ll be alert and conscious throughout the procedure, although you may not remember all of it. Laughing gas is ideal for patients who need to be able to drive themselves home after the procedure or return to work afterward.
Laughing gas may be a good fit for you if you feel uncomfortable with deeper levels of sedation and want to be as alert as possible throughout the procedure. However, you’ll still be relaxed and pain-free, making this form of sedation a good choice for people who suffer from low anxiety.
Severe Anxiety: General Anesthesia
For people with severe dental anxiety or dental phobia, general anesthesia may be the best option. Although general anesthesia is usually used to put people into a state of complete unconsciousness, your dentist will be able to control your level of unconsciousness to provide you with just the right level of sedation for your needs.
This type of anesthesia may be used for more intensive dental work. It’s done intravenously, so no oral sedatives or nitrous oxide will be used with this form of sedation. Although it provides the most calm during your appointment, it’s best reserved for people who have severe dental anxiety and need the highest level of sedation to relax and be comfortable during their time in the dentist chair.
Have you been putting off a dentist appointment because of your dental anxiety? You may benefit from dental sedation. Schedule a visit to talk with us at Savernake Dental to talk about the different types of sedation.