Sedation Dentistry in Hood River
Extremely Nervous? Sedation Dentistry May be the Answer.It is not uncommon to be nervous about a visit to the dentist when you know that you are going to be having a major procedure done. Some people experience high levels of anxiety even when going in for something as simple as a routine cleaning. Fortunately, we can help those who are nervous—or those who are having a major procedure done—through the use of sedatives to calm a nervous patient and even put them to sleep temporarily if necessary.
Types of SedationThere are many types of sedatives available ranging from medications taken by mouth to nitrous oxide gas to IV sedation. Generally speaking, a patient who is simply nervous will only receive a mild calming sedative while a patient who is having a major procedure done might be put to sleep while the procedure is performed.
Sedation is SafeThe use of sedation is approved by the American Dental Association, so you never need to fear for your safety. If you are going to be sedated you need to inform us if you are taking any medications, so that we can take that into consideration when determining the type and amount of sedative to use.
Mild Sedation with GasMany people have heard that a dentist might use “laughing gas” when they are undergoing a procedure. Nitrous oxide is the gas used by dentists everywhere in order to achieve a calm, serene state without causing the patient to lose consciousness.
When we use nitrous oxide we mix it with oxygen to ensure that you are receiving all the oxygen your body needs to function properly. As the nitrous oxide begins to take effect, you will notice yourself becoming calm and peaceful.
A significant advantage of nitrous oxide as a sedative is that its use allows the patient to retain consciousness and awareness. This is especially important in situations where a patient needs to continue communicating with his or her dentist during the procedure.
After we are finished, we will turn the nitrous oxide off and continue pumping oxygen into your mask. The oxygen flowing through your lungs will quickly remove any nitrous oxide remaining in your body. The oxygen will be administered for 5 to 10 minutes after the nitrous oxide has been turned off.
Using this method of purging the nitrous oxide from the patient’s body has the result of causing the effects of the gas to wear off very rapidly. This method of sedation is safe and rarely brings with it any side effects.
If you are coming to see us and you know that you are very nervous when visiting the dentist you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We can help you to feel calm and peaceful through the use of mild sedatives to take the edge off of your case of nerves. And of course, if you are coming for a major procedure, never fear: our use of sedatives will ensure that you drift off to sleep peacefully to wake up once the procedure is finished.
Do you have questions or concerns about sedation? Give us a call at (541) 386-2020 and we will be happy to answer them for you!