2 Levels Of Dental Sedation

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If you have to get some dental work done, you may be worried about it. It can be scary, especially if you will get some major work done, like extractions or root canals. There are things that you can do that will make the process easier for you. One of the things you can do is talk to your dentist about some kind of sedation for your procedure. There are varying levels of sedation that you can choose from, depending on what you and your dentist think that you need to have. If you want to have deeper sedation levels, you will need to talk to your dentist because they may not provide that level of sedation, so they may need to refer you to another dentist. 

Anti-Anxiety Medications

The lightest level of sedation involves anti-anxiety medications. You would take these medications before your appointment since they are relatively quick-acting. Because they are so fast-acting, you should be able to drive yourself home because they will likely be out of your system by the end of your appointment. Just be sure to talk to your dentist about that before you make the plan to drive yourself home. Depending on the dosage they give you, they may suggest that you have a driver. These medications will leave you able to have a conversation with the dentist, but they will take the edge off and make everything easier for you. 

Laughing Gas

Your dentist may also suggest that they use something like laughing gas for your procedure. This is an inhaled medication, and generally, the dentist will have a special mask that covers your nose so that you can wear it while they are working on you. You will still be able to answer any questions that you get asked, but you may not start any conversations, and it may take some work to get your attention so that you can answer the questions that the dentist has for you. You will probably want to have a driver take you home afterward because you might feel woozy after your treatment. 

If you need to have a dental procedure done but you are worried about it, you should make sure that you talk to your dentist. They can talk to you about the different levels of sedation and various coping techniques that you can take advantage of to get the treatment you need without all the stress. 

To learn more, contact a dentist.


8 March 2021

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.