Visiting a dentist for routine consultations can make many people anxious. Since every patient is different from one another, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, you may find it relieving that we can help you relax during your treatment with the help of mild sedatives if you feel too nervous during the procedure.
Sedatives may be given in various forms to help you ease your nerves. They can be in the form of oral pills, inhalants, or intravenous sedatives. They will be chosen by considering your physical and mental condition, and the recommendation of your dentist. However, it should be noted that relaxants are used to help you stay relaxed during the treatment, whereas more potent sedatives like anesthesia are used for numbing and to induce deep sleep.
Nitrous oxide, or commonly known as ‘laughing gas,’ is one of the most widely used dental sedatives. It is used to combat anxiety during dental procedures, especially in the case of children and younger patients, as they tend to make a fuss during the treatment. It slowly induces a feeling of relaxation and makes ordinary things seem funnier, thereby helping the patient stay calm during the procedure.
Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas and is completely safe for inhalation. It will be combined with pure oxygen, and patients can inhale it through a comfortably fitting mask that rests on their mouth and nose. The inhalant has no adverse effects, and the drowsiness would wear off gradually as the procedure is completed.
When dentists prepare you for more sophisticated procedures, such as dental implantation, bone graft, gum surgery, etc., there would be a need for more profound sedation. This helps to induce deep sleep and prevent pain and discomfort. Hence, the dentist will administer sedatives directly into your vein. Within a few minutes, the sedative will take effect, and you will lose the sensation of the oral region. You will be completely unconscious during the procedure. It is advised to bring someone along to drive you home after the treatment as it usually takes some time to wear off.
To have a consultation with our professional dentists, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (801) 542-0998, and we will be happy to help.