What to Expect with Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a great method of addressing dental anxiety and fear. Dr. Rever, an experienced dentist in Silver Spring, is proud to offer sedation dentistry at Advanced Total Dental Care. If dental anxiety has prevented you or your child from getting important dental care, it’s time to learn more about what sedation dentistry can do for you.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

We offer two forms of sedation at our Silver Spring dental practice. Oral sedation involves taking a pill before dental work is performed. You can usually take it at home before the appointment so that it takes effect before the procedure. It will also last until after the procedure, so you’ll need a ride to and from the appointment. We recommend this particularly for patients that are afraid of needles or have a strong gag reflex as it can relax you before you enter the office.

We also offer inhalation conscious sedation, otherwise known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas. You inhale this gas through a nose mask throughout the length of the procedure. You’ll get light-headedness and a euphoric feeling while the process lasts. This relaxes you while you’re getting the procedure. With this option, you shouldn’t need an escort since the gas wears off almost the instant the nose mask is removed.

What Happens During Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry’s goal is to keep you relaxed and calm during your procedure. After the sedation is administered, you’ll relax and will remember only a bit, if any, of the procedure itself. You’re technically conscious the entire time, but you shouldn’t really feel or remember a thing.

Sedation dentistry is extremely beneficial for more invasive procedures, such as dental implant procedures. If a patient has extreme dental anxiety or if a child is very restless, this can be used for common procedures like routine cleanings as well.

In addition, there are many patients with certain medical conditions that have trouble receiving dental care. People with Parkinson’s Disease and cerebral palsy can use sedation dentistry to make it easier for them to get the oral health care they need.

What Happens After Sedation Dentistry?

This depends on the type that is used. With oral sedation, you definitely won’t be able to drive yourself home. In addition, you won’t be able to go back to school or work after. We’ll give paperwork for aftercare and an excuse note to the person that’s taking you home.

For nitrous oxide, it depends. Since the effect of the gas wears off almost instantly, you’ll be evaluated to see if you can drive home by yourself. It may impact some people more than others. We recommend having a backup plan for transportation.

Can I Receive Sedation Dentistry?

Many people are eligible for sedation dentistry. However, we will have to assess your current health and medical history before your treatment. There are certain medical conditions that may make you ineligible for sedation.

Getting Sedation Dentistry at Your Dentist in Silver Spring

At Advanced Total Dental Care we’re happy to evaluate your dental health and discuss options for sedation dentistry. Our practice wants to give you the care you need without causing stress and dental anxiety. Call us today to schedule a visit and discuss your options.