Sedation Dentistry

Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

The idea of having a dental procedure makes many people feel nervous and tense, but using sedation dentistry can tame those worries during your dental treatment. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the skilled dental team uses sedation dentistry to help you feel calm, relaxed, and sleepy throughout your procedure. If you need to have dental work done but you’ve been putting it off, call Gentle Dental Care to discuss the benefits of sedation dentistry or to schedule a consultation.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using medications that help you to feel more relaxed and sleepy when you’re at the dentist.

Although modern dentistry techniques improve the speed and efficiency of dental procedures, there could still be pain and discomfort involved at certain times, particularly when the nerve in a tooth is involved. Anesthesia takes care of pain during your procedure, but the idea of dental discomfort is often foremost in people’s minds when they’re at the dentist.

Because of this, people find it hard to relax in the dentist’s chair and tend to be tense. This makes it unpleasant for the patient and can make it more difficult for your dentist to carry out the procedure.

Sedation dentistry solves this problem by ensuring you’re deeply relaxed and unconcerned by what’s happening.

What types of dental sedation are there?

There are several options for dental sedation. You can inhale the sedative as a gas, take some oral sedative medication, or have an intravenous (IV) sedative injection.

If you’re having a complex or lengthy procedure, you may need a deeper level of sedation, but typically you’re still awake when sedated. You don’t feel any fear or concern, just a sense of peace and relaxation.

You might doze a little, and sometimes after sedation, you might not remember much about the procedure, but a sedative isn’t designed to make you lose consciousness as a general anesthetic does.

When deciding which approach is best for you, your dentist can go over the options in more detail and explain the benefits of each. Several factors can influence the choice of dental sedation drugs and other medications you might need during a dental procedure, including:

  • Type of procedure
  • Your overall health
  • History of allergies
  • Your anxiety levels

Both children and adults can have dental sedation. If you have any concerns about your child receiving a sedative, the Gentle Dental Care team is happy to discuss your options.

How long do the effects of sedation dentistry last?

The effects of sedation dentistry depend on how much medication you had and how you received it. Inhalation methods tend to wear off quickly, whereas intravenous or oral sedation can last longer.

You might still feel sleepy for several hours after the procedure is complete, so you must not drive. You should have someone take you home and stay with you for up to four hours to make sure you recover properly.

If you need to have a dental procedure and you’re worrying about the experience, speak to your dentist about the options for sedation dentistry. Call Gentle Dental Care today to find out more or to book your visit.