Do you avoid the dentist because of a fear of needles or anxiety? Our Oly Tumwater sedation dentistry option can help you overcome your fears and get the dental care you need. You’ll be able to relax and feel calm during your dental procedures.
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What is Sedation Dentistry, and How Does it Work?
Sedation dentistry is a dental procedure that uses sedatives to help patients relax and calm down. We often use this type of dentistry for people who fear going to the dentist or have difficulty sitting still during dental procedures.
In dentistry, we commonly administer sedation by having the patient inhale it through the nose. This type of sedation is called “laughing gas,” the tried and true gold standard for sedation dentistry.
Once the sedative starts to take effect, the patient will become more comfortable. The sedation will help them to sit still during their dental procedure and will also help to reduce their fear of dental work.
During sedation, the patient may feel sleepy or dizzy and may experience a feeling of floating or heaviness in the arms and legs. The patient may also see colorful designs or lights. The patient may likely not remember much about the appointment after it is over.
Who can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can be helpful for people of all ages. While we commonly use sedation on adults, we can also use it for children with difficulty undergoing a dental procedure.
What are the Side Effects Associated With Sedation Dentistry?
While sedation dentistry can be beneficial for patients with dental anxiety or who need extensive dental work, it is essential to be aware of any side effects. While side effects are rare, they are possible. The most common side effect of sedation dentistry is drowsiness, which can last several hours after the procedure.
In rare cases, patients may experience more severe side effects such as nausea and vomiting. It is essential to discuss the risks with your dentist before undergoing any sedation dentistry procedure. Proper monitoring makes the chances minimal, and the benefits can be substantial.
How do I Prepare for a Visit to the Dentist Under Sedation?
To prepare for a visit to the dentist under sedation, you must follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. You may need to avoid eating or drinking for several hours before your appointment. You may also be asked not to smoke before your appointment.
What Should I Expect During My Visit to the Dentist Under Sedation?
When you visit the dentist for a procedure that requires laughing gas, you can expect to feel relaxed and comfortable. We administer the gas through a small mask placed over your nose. You will be able to hear and see what is going on around you, but you will not be able to feel any pain. After the procedure, the effects of the gas will typically wear off quickly, and you should be able to drive yourself home. Drink plenty of fluids and get some rest. Within a few hours, you should feel back to normal. Call us if you experience any side effects that persist.
Oly Tumwater Sedation Dentistry
With sedation dentistry, you can have all the dental work you need in one visit, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.