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Need Sedation For Your Dental Appointment? Know Your Options

Some people can't handle going to the dentist for basic procedures, and others need help getting through major ones. No matter what category you fall into, there is a dental sedation option that is going to work best for you. Here are some of your options so you can make an informed decision.

Nitrous Oxide

Consider looking into nitrous oxide if you have a minor procedure that needs to be done. This is because nitrous oxide will take effect quickly and allow you to recover quickly as well. If you're going to the dentist on your own, this is ideal because you don't need assistance with getting to and from the dentist office. Nitrous oxide also does not require you to fast prior to your dental procedure, so you can have a normal breakfast if you have a morning dental appointment. The cost of nitrous oxide is also relatively cheap compared to the others, so it will be an affordable option. 

However, know that nitrous oxide will not work for everyone. If you've never used nitrous oxide, it's possible that it will not be potent enough to help you achieve the effect that you're looking for to be sedated. Nitrous oxide still allows you to feel the sensations of the dentist putting pressure on your teeth, and a numbing agent will still be used to help you not feel pain. 

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a medication prior to your appointment that will make you more calm and relaxed. The goal of oral sedation is not to make you unconscious during the procedure, but to help ease the anxiety that you may be feeling that prevents you from going to the dentist. Since you have to take it before your appointment because of how long it takes to kick in, you'll need someone to help drive you to the dentist.

The risks of using sedation includes how it may not be enough to get you through the procedure. If you have an extreme dental phobia, you may still have hesitations about going to the dentist. Unfortunately, you may not know if the oral sedation will work until after it is supposed to start working, which may be an hour before your appointment. 

Looking for more information about dental sedation? Reach out to your dentist since they can help guide you towards the right option for you. They can also introduce you to other methods, such as IV sedation, for those that do not want to be fully awake during the procedure. 

Talk to your dentist today to learn more about dental sedation services.