Dental sedation is the use of medication to help patients relax during their dental visits. It is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although patients are usually awake and able to respond to the dentist’s requests during their treatment.
Sedation dentistry offers a variety of benefits. It can help patients who have trouble sitting still or those who need extensive dental work completed. It is completely safe and reliable when performed by a qualified dentist.
Sedation differs from anesthesia in that sedation is a much lighter form of sedation. With sedation, you’ll be awake, but you’ll feel relaxed and at ease. You’ll feel tingly and drowsy, and you’ll probably want a nap. With oral conscious sedation, you’ll take a pill before your appointment, and you’ll probably be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment.
The safest way to administer sedation is through pill form. Oral sedatives are much more effective than inhalation methods because they take effect much faster, and they don’t require the machinery or masks required for inhalation methods. Oral sedatives also don’t wear off as quickly as inhalation methods, allowing for longer-lasting care.
Conscious sedation is a type of sedation that allows you to remain awake during your treatment. However, you will feel more relaxed and less anxious. The medication is given through a small needle, and you will typically only feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted.
Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, is a sedative that dentists and doctors can use to help patients relax during a procedure.
Many people find that dental procedures can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable without sedation. However, with nitrous oxide, patients remain awake and alert but are able to feel more relaxed.
Silicon Valley Dental Center offers expert dental care from our dental assistants led by Dr. Jamah. For more details and scheduling appointments, call us at (408) 335-4431. You can also book online or visit us directly at 5710 Cahalan Ave Building 8K, San Jose 95123 or 4737 Sonoma Highway #B, Santa Rosa 95409.