Apprehensive About Going to the Dentist?
Do you want to make your dental visits more relaxing and enjoyable? Are you nervous about sitting in a dental chair? Do you have difficulty getting numb or have a severe gag response? If so, sedation dentistry may be the solution. With nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, your next visit to the dentist can be a very pleasant experience. Depending upon your level of anxiety, nitrous oxide can be administrated alone or in combination with oral medication for the more nervous patient. There is no longer any reason to put off going to the dentist.
Patients who have benefited from nitrous oxide most often describe the feeling as being calm, unconcerned, happy, slightly numb and disconnected from what’s happening around them. Patients are still fully alert and because there are no long-lasting effects, you can safely drive after a dental appointment. Once in the dental chair you breathe the gas in through a small mask that covers your nose. It takes just a few minutes for you to notice the effects.
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During the procedure the doctor can adjusted the amount of gas to fit your needs. You can also control it by your breathing. The more deeply you breathe through your nose, the more you’ll feel its effects.
If you choose to have oral conscious sedation, a medication is taken about an hour before your appointment. Because the medication will make you groggy, you will need someone to drive you to the office. Once seated in the dental chair your depth of sedation is determined and the medication is adjusted if necessary to keep you comfortable. During the procedure you will be constantly monitored for pulse, blood pressure and oxygen levels to ensure your safety.
With oral conscious sedation you will not feel any pain or be aware of time passing during the procedure, you will feel very relaxed and may even sleep, but you will respond easily to touch and requests. After the procedure you will need a friend to drive you home. Oral conscious sedation is a good choice for people who want to experience anxiety-free dentistry. Make your new year’s resolution to smile with confidence and have healthier teeth.
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