Sedation Dentistry Options: What are the Differences?

April 2, 2018

Dental phobia or dental anxiety are very common variations of the same fear that keep many men and women from coming to the dentist office. This phobia very often keeps individuals from getting the necessary dental care they need at the appropriate time that can then translate into worse tooth health. The worse your tooth health becomes, the more costly and serious your procedures may come out to be. This fear can begin from infancy, and that’s why at Urbach Pediatric Dentistry we offer a range of sedation dentistry options. Here, we want you and your family to feel the most at ease while receiving dental care, not dreading the day of your appointment. In this article, we will discuss three kinds of sedation dentistry options, the benefits of them, and which technique can best help you and your family.

Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas” and is inhaled through a small nose piece to keep your heart rate and nerves at bay while being treated. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quite quickly with little to no drowsiness afterward.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This kind of sedation dentistry is administered by a powder placed under the tongue. A profound sense of relaxation is achieved through this medium and can keep your dental phobia at ease long enough to get your procedure done. You may experience grogginess after treatment, however, so you will need a ride home.

Intravenous Sedation

For those with a severe dental phobia, this may be your most powerful option. This allows for complete relaxation, allowing you to sleep during your procedure and wake up with any dental problems fixed! Afterward, you will most likely have no recollection of the procedure and should get a friend or a family member to drive you home as the effects may not wear off right away.