Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation or Sleep Dentistry, refers to the way dentists manage pain and anxiety during dental appointments.
What is Oral Sedation?
This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of sedatives. At Sensitive Care Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, patients who receive oral sedation remember little if anything about their time in our Milford dentist office. The medication will help you rest. Those anxieties, expectations of pain and fears that kept patients away from the dentist are managed comfortably for our patients with Oral Sedation.
- Oral sedation is a safe and effective way of relieving the fear and anxiety associated with going to the dentist
- Dentists have used oral medications for many years to relieve fear and apprehension associated with dental appointments
- It works well for most patients allowing them to relax and have little or no memory of their dental appointments
- It’s easy; you take a pill the night before your appointment and bring the remaining prescription to your dental appointment
- Patients are so relaxed and comfortable, that a large amount of complex treatment can be accomplished in a single appointment
- If you are scared of needles, sedation dentistry can help you
- People who have difficulty controlling movements, such as Parkinson’s Disease or Cerebral Palsy are often helped by oral sedation
What is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation?
This is the most commonly used sedation technique used in dentistry. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas or sweet air, is a chemical compound with the formula N2O. It is an oxide of nitrogen. At room temperature, it is a colorless non-flammable gas, with a slightly sweet odor and taste. It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anesthetic and analgesic effects. It is known as “laughing gas” due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it.
- Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
- Rapid onset
- Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
- Absolute Control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment
- People recover quickly
- Very few side effects
- There is an analgesic effect
- You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
- You can return to normal activities immediately.
To schedule an appointment with a Sensitive Care dentist in our Milford, CT office, contact us today at 203-878-6699.