While some people don’t mind going to the dentist, the fact of the matter is that many dental patients would probably rather do their taxes than go to the dentist.
At Longleaf Dental, we get it. We understand that coming to our office (or any dental office really) isn’t your favorite thing to do. Fortunately for you, we offer sedation dentistry to patients when they are undergoing procedures that may produce higher levels of anxiety, discomfort, or pain.
How does sedation dentistry work?
There are certain procedures where patients need to be sedated in order to increase their comfort and reduce pain. This can be anything from a cosmetic procedure, to having a tooth pulled, to dental implants, as well as many other procedures.
Sedation dentistry will put you in a relaxed, comfortable state where your mind will be at ease and you will not be anxious or worrisome.
3 types of sedation dentistry
Laughing gas is the most common type of sedation dentistry that we offer at Longleaf Dental. During nitrous oxide sedation, all bodily functions will remain normal, yet you will feel a state of peace and may even fall asleep during the procedure.
We offer nitrous oxide sedation to patients in our Albany office, and have had great results in relaxing patients so they can receive the dental care they need.
IV sedation is not very common in most dental offices, as it requires special certification. You see, IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream, meaning the sedation has a quicker, more profound effect on patients.
IV sedation is typically reserved for oral surgery cases and must be administered by someone who is trained and certified. The benefits of IV sedation is that it works quickly and the amount of sedation administered can easily be adjusted based on a patient’s individual needs.
Oral Conscious Sedation:
If relaxing at the dental office by taking a pill sounds good to you, then oral conscious sedation might be right for you. As the name suggests, you will remain conscious during the procedure, but may fall asleep and have mild amnesia.
While oral conscious sedation is a great “lite” sedation alternative, the disadvantage is that the pill works differently on each patient, so we cannot be certain what level of sedation you will experience through oral conscious sedation.
Are you looking for a dentist in the Albany area who offers sedation dentistry?
Whether you simply need routine dental work or a complex procedure, sedation dentistry may be just what you need to relax and get the dental care you need.
If you are in or around the Albany area and are looking for a dental practice that offers sedation dentistry to anxious patients, give our office a call today!