We get it. For some people, dental visits make them as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
Are you one of those people? If so, this information is especially important. Don’t sacrifice your oral health because you have dental anxiety.
Many patients have experienced the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sleep dentistry). There are three main types of sedation options available in the Claremore and Broken Arrow, OK areas.
Let’s discuss them.
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas’ has been used in cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work rapidly, but then wears off as soon as the patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide helps with creating warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous but produce a calmer state for many apprehensive dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, however, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. It’s critical that a conscious sedation patient not drive home after undergoing oral sedation.
Like nitrous, intravenous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the whole procedure and wake up calm.
Has it been a while since you’ve had a dental exam? Do you have a toothache that needs to be addressed?
Call Flawless Smile Dentistry today to schedule an exam and consultation. If you need treatment, we will find the sedation option right for you.
Contact Flawless Smile Dentistry:
Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):
2319 North 9th Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012