Our office only uses Nitrous and not pharmicutical drug based sedation. Going to the dentist has probably never been on anyone's top ten list of favorite things to do. However, with sedation dentistry now becoming more popular, going to the dentist has become less stressful for thousands of people around the world. Because dental visits have often been associated with pain, many people don't get regular dental care. This can not only affect their dental health, but their overall health as well.
A study from the Journal of Periodontology says that people with periodontal disease are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sedation dentistry has the ability to change this troubling finding. Because it not only eliminates pain, but can actually make the dental visit a pleasant experience, it will encourage dental visits amongst people who would otherwise not consider them.
There are different levels of sedation that can be achieved, all dependent on the extent of dental work that will be performed. On occasion, if a patient has an extreme dental phobia, a stronger sedative can be used. The amount of sedation used is up to the dentist. All sedatives must be administered by a certified professional. Furthermore, a thorough medical history needs to be taken. Patients should make sure their dentist knows about any drug allergies, as well as any prescription or herbal medicines they are currently on. A patient undergoing sedation dentistry will need to have a responsible adult accompany them to their visit so that they can be driven home afterwards. Ideally, this adult will stay with the patient at their home for a reasonable time, in case of any complications.
If your anxiety is minimal nitrous can be a solution. During the procedure, you will be given a mask type appliance that will cover your nose and administer oxygen and nitrous. You will feel relaxed during the procedure, but still coherent and aware of your surroundings. The effects will only last a few minutes once the mask is removed and you are able to drive to and from the appointment feeling totally normal.
If you have any questions about oral sedation, nitrous or your comfort, do not hesitate to call our office. Dr. Hamill or a member of our friendly administrative team will gladly offer a thorough explanation.