If you suffer from dental anxiety or are nervous about a dental procedure that requires anesthetic, ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. Sedation can ensure your complete comfort during your procedure and prevent any stress or anxiety.
If you’re not familiar with sedation dentistry, it’s easy to confuse the term with general anesthesia. However, they are not the same thing. General anesthesia involves being completely unconscious. During sedation, however, you remain conscious and can respond to questions and instructions. Depending upon the type of sedation and your response to it, you may or may not remember anything about the procedure when the sedation wears off. Because you are not completely unconscious, sedation is safer than general anesthesia.
While you are sedated, you will be completely relaxed and comfortable even during a long or complex procedure. You might feel as if you are in a dreamlike state, and as if time is moving more quickly than normal. Sedation can also help people who suffer from extreme dental phobia or who have an abnormally sensitive gag reflex. For these people, it’s sometimes necessary to use sedation for a basic exam.
If you will be sedated during a dental procedure or appointment, you should arrange to have someone drive you there and take you home afterward. You might need to take a pill before your appointment, which will begin to take effect before you reach the dentist. If you have nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation during your procedure, you won’t receive them until just before your procedure, but they will take time to wear off, so you shouldn’t drive home on your own.
If you have any questions about how to prepare for your dental appointment or what to expect from sedation dentistry, be sure to ask your dentist. If you are anxious or nervous about an upcoming procedure, be sure to ask us about sedation, and if it will be helpful for you. Call our team at Towson Dental Care!