Our goal at North Augusta Dentist is to make your mouth healthier and your smile more attractive ensuring comfortability. But unfortunately, many of you are scared to have any dental treatment because of an unknown reason. No problem at all! We got your back. We have a number of sedation procedures available for your to make sure pain free experience. This can be accomplished by using local anesthetics to block your pain sensations or by giving you medication to help you relax. Both are sometimes required to ensure maximum comfort, especially if the injections that deliver local anesthetics are a major source of anxiety for you.
You will be asked to provide your complete health history, including any prescription and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking, before any sedative is recommended. It’s also important to know whether you smoke or drink. Because some medications take time to wear off, you may need someone to drive you to and from your appointment on the day of your treatment.
- Oral sedation:
Many people prefer this option because it does not necessarily require the use of needles. Oral sedatives are taken as pills or as liquids that are dissolved under the tongue. Both methods take only a few minutes to execute. To make your dental treatment as comfortable and relaxing as possible, a variety of oral sedative and anxiolytic (anxiety-dissolving) medications have been developed through extensive research and testing. All have a long track record of safety after decades of use, and several even have “amnesic” properties, which means you will forget little to nothing even if you are awake during the treatment.
- Conscious sedation:
For nearly a century, nitrous oxide, an inhaled sedative, has been used in dental offices. It’s a poor pain reliever, but it’s an excellent anti-anxiety medication. It’s given to you through a nasal hood, which looks like a small cup that fits over your nose. The combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide causes a light-headed or even euphoric feeling that wears off quickly, so there is no “hangover” effect. During the use of this sedative, which is extremely safe, all bodily functions are essentially normal.
- IV Conscious Sedation:
Sedatives that are injected directly into the bloodstream are more effective than those that are taken orally, and the amnesic effects may be stronger. Because IV sedation has an almost immediate effect on the body and its functions, it is one of the fastest acting sedatives. It also requires a higher level of training for those who administer it. You must be monitored with specialized equipment throughout your IV sedation treatment, as with all sedation (except nitrous oxide). The main advantage is that drugs administered this way work immediately and the level of sedation can be adjusted more quickly and easily.