The realization among dental professionals that many patients avoid the dentist due to anxiety and/or fear has led to a more frequent use of sedation during treatment. As a result, patients can receive the dental procedures they need without experiencing stress prior to the appointment or discomfort during it. Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients to receive gentle dental care in a comfortable situation without the anxiety, stress, or pain that accompanies lengthy, complicated, or invasive procedures. Here at Guildford Town Centre Dental in Surrey, we offer three types of sedation to our patients, including IV, oral, and nitrous oxide.
Our Sedation Dentistry options include:
What Happens during IV Sedation?
An intravenous solution, IV sedation works quickly since it is administered into the patient’s bloodstream through the vein. The patient begins to feel drowsy immediately, creating a relaxing sensation that minimizes any anxiety that existed. IV sedation is often used when a lengthy procedure is being performed in our Surry dental office. The patient’s state of consciousness is monitored, and adjustments are made when needed, keeping the patient comfortable throughout the entire process. Since some drowsiness might remain once the procedure has been completed, it is recommended that the patient arrange for transportation home.
What Happens during Oral Sedation?
When oral sedation is used for dental procedures in our Surrey dental facility, the patient is asked to take sedation pills prior to the beginning of the procedure. After a few minutes have passed, the patient will begin to feel drowsy. However, the patient does not become fully unconscious, which is why this method is also referred to as oral conscious sedation. The patient might have some cloudy memory of the process. However, he will not remember much and will not feel any pain.
What Happens during Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide sedation, which is delivered through the use of a nose hood designed for the purpose, is inhaled by the patient. Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide must be delivered throughout the full procedure in order to keep the patient sedated. Although pain is not felt, it is possible for the patient to experience some tingling or numbness while under this type of sedation. The patient should arrange for a ride home since grogginess is one of the side effects.