Sedation Dentistry: Is it right for you?

Charlottesville sedation dentistryDo you have an upcoming appointment with our oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal or dental implants placement? If so, you might be wondering about what to expect during treatment and what kinds of methods we have to keep you comfortable. One way we can increase our guests’ comfort is through sedation dentistry – the administration of compounds like nitrous oxide or prescription medications to relax the mind and body.

Sedation dentistry might be beneficial to patients who have moderately invasive procedures coming up as well as for those who suffer with anxiety related to dental and medical settings. Determining if sedation dentistry is right for you involves having a conversation with our oral surgeon about your oral health and medical history, your specific needs or concerns, and previous reactions to certain types of medications.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

The mildest and shortest-lasting form of sedation is nitrous oxide. This gas, which is inhaled through a comfortable nasal mask, quickly produces pain relieving and mild euphoric effects. Nitrous oxide has been used as a drug-free anesthetic by dentists and doctors for over a century.

Since nitrous oxide’s effects wear off within a few minutes after treatment is complete, patients can drive themselves to and from appointments.

Oral Sedation

When it comes to more invasive procedures or for managing dental phobia, oral sedation is a common treatment protocol. This form of sedation dentistry involves a patient taking prescribed tablets prior to his or her appointment.

The medication prescribed is a sedative that promotes a mentally – and physically – relaxed state because it is formulated to slow down the central nervous system and produce chemical reactions that have an overall calming effect on the mind and body.

IV Sedation & General Anesthesia

If a person is receiving a complex or invasive treatment such as the placement of dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, or jaw surgery, stronger medications might be used depending on a patient’s situation. Instead of taking these medications orally, they are administered intravenously so that their effects are easily adjusted in a safe, highly controlled environment.

Our mission is to ensure our guests receive high-quality oral care as comfortably as possible. Call Charlottesville Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center today to schedule an appointment.