As many as one of every five Americans worry about going to the dentist. It ranges from anxiety to outright fear. Because of this unchanging fact, sedation dentistry in Owensboro and nationwide has become very sophisticated.
There are three main types of sedation dentistry available, which allow patients to maintain good oral health in spite of their fears.
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas,‘ has been used in cosmetic dental offices for over a century. In many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It work quickly, but wears off as soon as the patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide assists in creating warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state of mind in dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. They are routinely prescribed by physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for those who face a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, however, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. It’s vital that a conscious sedation patient not drive home after undergoing oral sedation.
Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working as soon as it enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the total procedure and wake up calm.
If you or a loved one have dental anxiety, then you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry at Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call us for a consultation or to schedule an appointment. We also provide cosmetic and family dentistry.