Our practice takes our patients’ comfort very seriously. If you suffer with dental phobias or are concerned about discomfort during an upcoming dental treatment, know that we offer sedation dentistry and local anesthetics to ensure your emotional and physical comfort when you’re in our care.
Sedation dentistry is a comfort amenity that produces a relaxed state. There are also varying levels of sedation to accommodate the diverse needs of our patients.
There are three types of sedation offered at our practice. Our team will decide which option meets your needs based on your health history and treatment circumstances.
Chances are you have probably heard of the most common type of sedation, which is the administration of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a soft nasal mask. This compound has been used in medical and dental settings for over 100 years. It produces calming, pain-relieving effects that will not impair your ability to work or drive after treatment.
Another form of sedation dentistry is oral sedation. This option involves taking a medication prescribed by our dentist. This medication normally comes from a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which are mild sedatives. Oral sedation produces a relaxing, calming effect because it slows down the central nervous system.
A third common type of sedation dentistry is called “conscious IV sedation”. As its name suggests, this option involves delivering sedating medication intravenously. While medication is delivered through an IV, patients are not induced into a medically unconscious state. Many patients receiving conscious IV sedation fall asleep but they can be woken to respond to questions or instructions.
Patients receiving oral or conscious IV sedation will need to have a family member or friend drive them to and from their appointments.
Sedation dentistry makes treatment more comfortable, especially for those who have dental fears or phobias. Beyond increasing emotional comfort, sedation dentistry has a symbiotic effect on the efficacy of local anesthetics and other pain-relieving medications.
If you have questions about your upcoming treatment, call Towson Dental Care to speak with a caring member of our team.