If you have missing, infected, or impaired teeth but still find yourself avoiding the dentist because you are afraid of the dentist or the dental treatment, sedation dentistry may be an appropriate solution. From the mild relaxation given by nitrous oxide gas to the state of deep rest that IV sedation provides, receiving your required dental treatments becomes possible without fear or pain. At Midtown Dental Clinic, we offer nitrous oxide gas and oral sedation, which can be combined with local anesthesia to numb your oral cavity and put you in a state of deep relaxation.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
With sedation dentistry, we administer sedatives to help you relax throughout your dental procedure. There is a wide range of sedation options available based on your dental needs. Each technique offers varying levels of sedation to ease your discomfort.
When Would You Need Dental Sedation?
Sedation is given to patients in conditions such as the following:
- If you experience anxiety before undertaking treatment
- If you suffer from severe gag reflex that makes the dental work challenging
- If your child is nervous or cannot sit still
- If you have a physical or cognitive incapacity preventing dental care
Dental Sedation Types
- Nitrous Oxide Gas
Nitrous oxide is a mild gas that assists in relaxing you. It is administered through a small mask placed over your nose and can be easily monitored and controlled throughout the procedure. The gas starts to work very quickly and makes you feel relaxed, happy, or sleepy during your treatment.
- Oral Conscious Sedation
It can be given in the form of a pill or liquid. While under oral sedation, you will feel incredibly relaxed and drowsy but remain conscious throughout the treatment. The dosage can be adjusted as required to provide a deeper level of sedation.
- IV Sedation
Among the sedation methods available, IV sedation is the most effective. Also known as moderate conscious sedation, it allows a deep level of relaxation for those with extreme fear. We will inject the sedative anesthetic into the bloodstream via IV tubes, providing precise amounts of sedation. People will remember little to nothing about the dental procedure.
Is Sedation Safe?
Sedation is a safe segment of our dental care services. Our capable team is trained to safely and effectively administer dental sedation as needed to help you enjoy a comfortable, relaxed dental appointment. We will deliberate about your complete medical history and dental needs before the treatment to ensure that you are suitable for dental sedation.
To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment at Midtown Dental Clinic in Richland, WA, Suite 199352. You can reach us at (509) 946-1678.