How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

conscious sedation arlingtonSedation dentistry, also called conscious sedation, helps those who suffer from dental anxiety. It enables them to relax during dental work and often makes it possible to catch up with work that has been delayed, sometimes for years. If you become panicked or anxious when you visit the dentist, sedation dentistry might be the answer.

Choosing Sedation Dentistry

If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation during your dental work can help immensely. Many people have had bad experiences at the dentist, especially as children, and become very anxious in the dental chair. In some cases, people delay vital dental work for years and require numerous restorations by the time they work up the nerve to go to the dentist. In these cases, conscious sedation can make the difference between continued dental problems and a healthy mouth.

Conscious sedation can make the difference between continued dental problems and a healthy mouth.

Our dentist offers several types of sedation, used in conjunction with local anesthetic. You should discuss what approach is best for you. The most common forms of sedation are:

  • Sedation with a light sedative pill
  • Sedation with nitrous oxide
  • Intravenous sedation

No matter what type of sedation is used, you will remain conscious throughout your appointment.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

The most important benefit of conscious sedation is that you will feel as if you are in a dreamlike state, with no tension or anxiety. Time seems to move more quickly, which makes it easier for our dentist to do several restorations if necessary. This type of sedation is not the same as general anesthesia—you’ll be able to ask questions and respond to directions from our dentist, and you’ll remember the appointment after you come home.

Before your appointment, be sure to ask if you should have a ride to and from the dentist’s office. With a pill, you’ll definitely need some time for the medication to move out of your system. With nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation, you’ll recover more quickly, but you should still arrange for a ride home if you have any concerns about your ability to drive.

Call our office at 817-461-4292 and set up your next appointment.