Sedation dentistry is a great alternative for those who are anxious when they visit the dentist. Using a mild sedation, your dentist will help you reach a completely relaxed state during your visit. Most sedation dentists use oral sedation or nitrous oxide, so even if you’re not comfortable with needles you can experience a comfortable, relaxed visit.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are a few different approaches to sedation dentistry. If you wish to be sedated during your visit, ask your dentist what kind of sedation is available. It is important to know what kind of treatment will be used so you can prepare to have transportation home if necessary.
The usual types of sedation are:
- Oral sedation. You receive a mild sedative in pill form. This type of sedative takes some time to leave your system, so you should arrange to have someone drive you home.
- Nitrous oxide. This gas is also administered orally, but since you breathe it during your visit, it leaves your system fairly quickly.
- Intravenous sedation. This type of sedation is administered via an IV, and does involve a needle. If you do not wish to have an IV, be sure to discuss this before your visit.
Be sure you know what kind of sedation you will receive before your appointment. If you have oral sedation, you’ll want to be sure to have a drive home. For nitrous oxide or IV sedation, be sure to ask for a recommendation on whether you will be safe to drive. If you have any doubts about your ability to drive home, arrange a ride for safety’s sake.
What Does Sedation Dentistry Feel Like?
Sedation does not mean you’ll be unconscious. General anesthesia carries a number of serious risks, and sedation avoids these risks. You will be conscious throughout your appointment, but time will seem to move faster, and you will be very relaxed. Many people describe this kind of conscious sedation as a dreamlike state. Your visit will go quickly, and you’ll avoid any discomfort or anxiety you might usually experience at the dentist.
Contact our experienced and caring staff at Nicholas Kemp Dentistry to find out more about needle-free sedation options. Call 416-922-1012 to schedule an appointment.