Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

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Oral Sedation

If you’re looking for a dentist near Bingham Farms, Perfecting Your Smile – Dr. Pete stands out for its welcoming atmosphere, professional staff, and knowledge of the latest advancements in sedation dentistry. The most common of these is oral sedation, which is proven to be of significant benefit to patients suffering from dental anxiety.

What Is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is the most common form of dental sedation, and the option that’s most selected by patients. This is due to its convenience, effectiveness, and low cost. Oral sedation is frequently used for managing mild to moderate anxiety, with the goal of providing the patient with a more relaxed, cooperative state of mind.

Facts About Oral Sedation

For minimal sedation, a pill is taken orally and/or under the tongue. Halcion, which belongs to the same drug family as Valium, is a popular choice. The patient takes it about an hour before the procedure, at which time the patient will feel drowsy but awake. Depending on the person and the dosage size, it’s not uncommon for a patient to become groggy and at some point fall asleep during the procedure. However, unlike stronger forms of dental sedation, patients who are orally sedated can be roused easily.

Oral Sedation Advantages

Compared to other options, oral sedation is considerably less expensive. Also, the procedure is straightforward – no special techniques or equipment are necessary. Moreover, oral sedation can be beneficial for patients with certain medical conditions, i.e. cardiovascular disease, kidney disorders, epilepsy, and diabetes.

Oral sedation dentistry allows our highly-trained nearby dentist to offer a safe, comfortable dental experience for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or a diagnosed dental phobia. Based on the patient’s physical and emotional disposition, an oral sedation program is easily customizable to the specific patient. This applies to dosage as well as the type of sedative the dentist chooses.

Not only does oral sedation benefit the patient, it also benefits our dental team by helping us work faster and more effectively thanks to the sedative’s impact on the patient’s frame of mind.

Oral Sedation Disadvantages

Due to an oral sedative’s small dosage, and the fact that it must pass through the patient’s gastrointestinal tract, an oral sedative takes longer to kick in (30 – 60 minutes) than stronger sedatives. In most cases, an escort is needed to take the patient to and from the dentist’s office. Side effects are minimal, with nausea and vomiting possible.

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Oral sedation is offered by thousands of experienced dentists all over the US and Canada, including Perfecting Your Smile – Dr. Pete. For professional sedation dentistry near Bingham Farms, contact our friendly office and get the oral care you need to maintain a healthy mouth.

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