Many patients feel highly stressed at the thought of visiting a dental office. It can be pretty challenging for a dentist to work on a patient's teeth if they are nervous and struggling with fear. Sedation dentistry may be an excellent solution to relieve some of the patient's anxiety and make the dentist's work easier and more comfortable. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we provide a range of sedation techniques to give our patients the best possible dental experience.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry broadly refers to the sedation of a patient during dental treatment. There are several methods of sedation that we may choose from, and there are different levels of sedation dentistry. The various levels and types of sedation have specific advantages and are suitable for different situations.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation is an exceptional solution appropriate for specific situations. Some of these situations include complex oral surgeries that will require the patient to be sedated, while others may be for the patient's convenience.
Sedation dentistry can also ease gum and tooth sensitivity and manage the patient's gag reflexes. This makes it convenient for the dentist to work on the patient without having to worry about them gagging or reacting in other ways to the procedure being performed.
Types of Dental Sedation
The different types of dental sedation include:
Nitrous oxide is the mildest kind of sedation dentistry. We will use a nose mask to allow the patient to inhale the gas, which puts them in a relaxed state almost instantly. The patient is entirely conscious during the procedure and can follow the dentist's oral instructions.
Oral sedation is a higher level of sedative and includes anxiety-relieving drugs. With oral sedation, a patient is kept in a profoundly calm state. The effects of oral sedatives can last for a long while; hence the patient needs to make arrangements for someone to drive them back home after the treatment.
The most rigorous kind of sedation dentistry is intravenous sedation. IV anesthesia puts the patient in a sleep-like condition. This is done by directing the sedative through an IV. Intravenous sedation can make the patient sleep for an extended period. It causes amnesia in the patient, and they may not recollect anything during and after the procedure. Due to their compromised situation, patients will need someone to take them home and care for them until they become fully conscious.
To learn more about our sedation dentistry options, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705.