Do you have an upcoming appointment for dental implant placement or wisdom teeth extraction? If so, you might be wondering how our oral surgeon will keep you comfortable during your procedure. Our practice offers sedation dentistry to increase our guests’ physical and emotional comfort during treatment. Following are some advantages patients enjoy when they choose sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a comfort amenity. This amenity is great for controlling anxiety and fear so patients with dental phobias can rest peacefully during treatment. The medications used in sedation dentistry also relieve physical discomfort, which is advantageous for more invasive treatments like wisdom teeth extractions.
Reduced Gag Reflex
Since medications used in sedation relax the body and its muscles, the urge to gag is significantly reduced.
More Efficient Care
Sedation dentistry helps a patient relax – and even sleep during their procedures. This helps people stay still during their care and allows a surgeon to work without obstruction. Without obstructions, a surgeon can work much more efficiently.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are three types of sedation dentistry. Mild forms of sedation, such as the administration of nitrous oxide or taking prescription sedatives orally are ideal for less invasive treatments.
Nitrous oxide is a gas compound that is inhaled through a nasal mask. It produces mild sedating and pain-relieving effects but wears off as soon as the mask is removed. This allows patients to drive themselves to and from their appointments. Sedation dentistry involving prescription medication taken orally or intravenously requires that a friend or family member transport the patient to and from their appointments.
Those receiving complex or invasive surgical care may need intravenous sedation. IV sedation delivers powerful but safe medication quickly. Since stronger medications are used, patients typically have no recollection of their procedures and enjoy maximum comfort during their treatments.
If you have questions about sedation dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment, call Charlottesville Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center to speak with a member of our team.