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Sedation Dentistry: Types, What It Is and What to Expect

November 15, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Chad Hines

For some, a visit to the dentist is a nerve-wracking, anxiety-producing experience, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Sedation dentistry is the solution that can make the difference between keeping up with your dental health and living with problems like cavities and gum disease.

With sedation dentistry in Phoenix, AZ, to help you relax, you can get the treatments you need and enjoy the benefits of optimal oral health.

Types of Sedation Dentistry Available

Three types of sedation commonly used in dental offices are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Not all dentists offer all types, and nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is the most common.

Nitrous Oxide for Mild Sedation

Dental anxiety manifests differently for everyone, but many people don’t want something heavy that will slow them down. Nitrous oxide is the perfect solution because its calming effects come on quickly, last as long as the gas is administered, and leave the system just as quickly. Most patients are clear-headed enough to drive home safely within 5–10 minutes after the procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation for Moderate Anxiety

Patients with more intense anxiety may opt for a calming medication prescribed by their dentist and administer it as a pill. It takes a little longer to feel the sedative’s effects, so your dentist will instruct you to take it at home about an hour before your appointment. After you arrive at the dentist’s office safely with the help of a designated driver, you may receive another dose to ensure you remain calm and comfortable throughout your appointment.

IV Sedation Dentistry for Deep Relaxation

Not every dentist offers IV sedation because it must be administered by a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). However, it’s helpful to know it’s available so you can seek out a dentist who offers it if you have more profound dental anxiety. IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream (intravenously), so its effects are immediate. You will be vaguely aware of your surroundings but will remember little, if anything, about your appointment afterward.

Can Sedation Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ Help You?

At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we’re pleased to offer sedation dentistry to help our patients relax. Please call our North Phoenix, AZ, dental office to schedule an appointment to see how we can help you.

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