Pauly Dental in Wichita, Kansas
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Many people let fear stop them from getting dental work. Sedation dentistry is designed to help people relax while they are getting a dental procedure. There are several types of sedation available. There is nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. The patient will breathe the nitrous oxide through a mask.
The effects of nitrous oxide quickly wear off, which allows the patient to drive themselves home. Oral sedatives can also be used to produce a light to moderate sedation. Patients who are given an oral sedative will not remember anything about the procedure. You will need to have someone drive you home if you receive an oral sedative.
IV Sedation is another option. It is reserved for patients who need a deeper level of sedation. The patient will need to have their vital signs monitored the entire time. They will also need to have to have someone drive them home. The effects of IV sedation can last for a few hours.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
People who are afraid of getting their dental procedure will be able to relax. The dentist may also be able to do multiple procedures at one time. Furthermore, patients who have skipped routine dental care in the past due to the fact that they were afraid will be more likely to get preventative care.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Most healthy adults who have no uncontrolled medical problems are considered good candidates for sedation dentistry. If you have uncontrolled anxiety at the dentist’s office, then you will likely be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. You may also be a good candidate if you have trouble sitting still for long periods of time. Additionally, if you have a strong gag reflex, then you will be considered a good candidate.