If you are like most people, you may have a fear of dental procedures. Many people worry about the pain the procedure might cause or the discomfort that comes after a procedure. That is where Sedation Dentistry comes in to play.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

With sedation, you are given a drug before (and sometimes during) a dental procedure.

Common Sedation Drugs:

  • Nitrous oxide: This drug is often referred to as Laughing Gas. You will be very relaxed during your procedure and not concerned with what the dentist is doing inside your mouth. It wears off quickly and you should be able to drive yourself home without an issue.
  • Oral sedatives: Drugs such as Diazepam act as a sedative, helping to relax patients during dental procedures. You won’t be as relaxed as you would be with Nitrous, but relaxed enough. These are pills that you would take about an hour before your appointment.

You might prefer that you be given dental sedation every time you visit the dentist, but you need to talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of doing such. If you have had anesthesia in the past, make sure that you mention any reactions that you’ve experienced your dental professional so she can make safe choices for your contained care.

Another option that you can discuss with your dentist is about local anesthetics. These drugs work as numbing drugs so you don’t feel any pain while your dentist is working.  This can be a good alternative for those who fear the pain from dental work.

If you’re worried about upcoming dental work, ask about dental sedation. Anxiety doesn’t have to be the reason that you stay away from a dentist and you won’t have to worry about persistent dental issues that cause you pain and other problems.