Patients in need of dental treatment, who struggle with dental anxiety or cannot handle someone working on their teeth, may benefit from one of three types of sedation. The three types include Nitrous Oxide, (often referred to as laughing gas), oral sedation pills, or IV sedation. Our team at TrueSmiles offers sedation dentistry for patients living in and around the Miami area. We understand that for millions of adults, visiting the dentist can be an overwhelming or frightening experience due to dental anxiety. This common condition typically starts with a negative experience or becoming fearful of dentistry. While dental anxiety is common, you do not have to be concerned about visiting our dentist office because we will ensure your comfort the entire time.
There are various levels and types of sedation. During your consultation, we will discuss the recommended procedure with you along with any anxieties you may have. At that time, a recommendation will be made for the type of sedation you may want to consider. The final decision will be ultimately yours based on our recommendations and your comfort level.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
During your initial consultation with us we will discuss your level of anxiety as well as the different forms of sedation available to you. For many people, the actual procedure is not uncomfortable but it is the anxiety and worry that causes angst. With this in mind, we will work to help recommend a solution that will accommodate your needs to ensure you receive the proper dental care. While we will take the time to explain each potential form of sedation dentistry during the appointment, here is the information one will need to know.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
It is important to understand the purpose, process and side effects of nitrous oxide before use in a procedure. People may know nitrous oxide by a different name, “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide can help patients relax during the procedure while allowing the patient to remain conscious and respond to any directions from the dentist.
In order to administer the nitrous oxide, the patient will wear a small mask over his or her nose and begin to breathe normally through the nose. Within a few minutes, the patient will begin to feel the temporary effects of the nitrous oxide. Effects of the nitrous oxide during the appointment can include:
- Feeling light-headed
- Experiencing a tingling in the arms and legs
- Possibly feeling a slight heaviness in the arms and legs as well
- Feeling calm
Oral Sedation Pills
An evaluation is required before the appointment. Oral sedation pills are a form of medication that can help patients calm down and relax during the dental appointment. We understand that a patient struggling with dental anxiety will not always be able to calm down. Thus, we offer oral sedation pills to patients who need more help remaining calm during their dental visit. This type of treatment can induce stronger levels of sedation than the laughing gas. In this situation, the patient may be experiencing a more significant decrease in consciousness to relieve the anxiety. The patient will not be asleep with this type of sedation.
Conscious IV Sedation
We also offer conscious IV sedation if the situation requires. An evaluation is required before the appointment. During this type of sedation, we will administer the sedative intravenously. The patient will feel the effects fairly quickly and be able to relax during the treatment. Being a sedation dentist, we will measure the proper and safe amount to help the patient relax but not sleep. We will need to review the patient’s medical history before considering this type of sedation.
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We find that this is an excellent solution when a patient is getting a full smile makeover. When we are working on the majority of teeth, the procedure can take a significant amount of time. We need to do dental treatment with precision and that requires not rushing through the procedure. With that in mind, our Miami patients may find it difficult to hold still when the treatment lasts longer than an hour or two. Sedation dentistry allows the body to remain still and the patient to feel comfortable.
We will monitor you carefully during the treatment and afterward to ensure the sedation wears off properly. Depending on the level of sedation, the patient may need to organize a ride home and may feel slightly sluggish for the remainder of the day. We will go over all of these factors when scheduling an appointment.
Patients who live in the Miami area and who are interested in visiting a sedation dentist need to call (305) 271-5321 to schedule an appointment. Our team at TrueSmiles will take the time to get to know you and understand what all of your concerns are prior to making a formal recommendation as to the type of sedation dentistry that you should consider. We will also need to know if you have any other health issues, risks, or are allergic to anything.
Typically, if you have responded well to pain medication or sedation in other medical treatments, you will do well with sedation dentistry and not experience any negative side effects. Feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with us during the first phone call. With any type of dental treatment, it is important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your health and goals. Thus, we want you to be an informed and educated patient. Thanks to modern technology, if you are afraid of having dental treatment done or visiting the dentist in general, you no longer have to be. Being a sedation dentist, we will ensure that your experience is a positive one. Call (305) 271-5321 for more information or to get started.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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