Sedation Dentistry: An Overview
At Laurel Smiles Dental Care, we understand that not everyone is as excited about going to the dentist as we are. That’s why we offer painless sedation dentistry solutions that can be used alongside our general dentistry procedures, as well as any cosmetic or restorative work that you may need.
Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients to be relaxed throughout their dental appointment while also remaining aware and in control of their bodily functions. If you or your child experience fear of the dentist or dental anxiety, don’t let this prevent you from taking care of your dental health.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Enhances effectiveness of anesthetic
- Decreases gag reflex
- Alleviates anxiety
- Eliminates joint and muscle soreness
- Enables more treatment to be provided in fewer visits
- The dentist can work more efficiently
- No suffering from painful memories
Sedation Dentistry in Laurel, MD
As your trusted, caring dentist in Laurel, MD, our goal is to make sure you are calm and comfortable throughout your entire dental appointment. Sedation dentistry is especially helpful for this. We work with patients who have neglected their dental health due to dental anxiety in coming up with a treatment plan that includes maintaining their mental health as well.
Here are some common questions we get asked about our sedation dentistry practices:
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes. All of our procedures and practices are safe and for the benefit of our patients. Regardless of the kind of sedation method you are prescribed, you will be back to your normal self soon after your dental appointment.
What kind of sedation dentistry options are available?
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, can be inhaled throughout your appointment to keep you calm but also in control of your bodily functions. This odorless gas is inhaled through a cannula that sits just beneath your nose. It has been used for many years in dentistry to lessen fear and anxiety during dental treatments and is perfectly safe. The effects will wear off shortly after you stop breathing in the gas leaving you able to drive after treatment.
Oral sedatives can also be prescribed for you to take before your appointment. You should feel relaxed with an oral sedative, and may potentially fall asleep during your treatment. With this form of sedation, you will need a ride to and from your appointment since you will be unable to drive. Additionally, local anesthetics are used during invasive procedures to ensure you do not feel pain.
My child struggles to stay still. What are our options?
Sedation dentistry is especially helpful for patients who struggle to stay still during their dental appointments. Often, squirming or wiggling is a result of dental anxiety as well as being in an unfamiliar environment. Your dentist can make a suggestion on sedation dentistry options to help keep you or your child still during your appointment.
Can you drive after sedation dentistry?
After being sedated for a dental procedure patients may drive home, depending on the type of sedation used. If your dentist used happy gas you should be fine to drive after the procedure. If your dentist used IV sedation, patients should avoid drinking for 24 hours, and plan to have someone drive them home from their appointment.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
Dental sedation typically takes anywhere from 2-8 hours to wear off completely depending on how much was used. Although, some sedation options wear off almost immediately.
Schedule a Dentist Appointment Today
If you suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, call our office today at 301-200-1315 and ask about your sedation dentistry options.