Posted on 5/30/2019 by Ankur Johri
|When you ask people why they avoid trips to the dentist, one of the most common answers is they are afraid it will end up being a painful experience. Many people assume that all the dental procedures we perform involve significant amounts of pain. This is far from the truth.
Not only does modern dentistry help alleviate much of the pain associated with the different procedures we perform, we also offer different types of sedation. With the right sedation, the amount of pain people feel is minimal if at all. The type of sedation we use depends on the procedure we do and the needs of the patient. These are the three most common forms of sedation we offer.
Local AnestheticThis is the type of pain medication most people associate with the dentist. A needle delivers medication to the area we are going to treat to numb the area. This medication can last for several hours and can allow us to perform many procedures without any pain. Some people fear the pain of the needle, but if we use a topical desensitizer before the needle, that pain is not a problem either.
Most people have heard of laughing gas. It is nitrous oxide and can cause a feeling of euphoria. When properly used, it can help a person go through different procedures without feeling any pain. This type of sedation can affect people in different ways. Some people fall into a deep state of semi-consciousness while others remain more alert. One of the good things about laughing gas is it wears off fairly quickly, especially when oxygen is given to the patient.
Oral SedativesMedications such as diazepam can help many people that need sedation, but do not want needles or gas. These are oral medications that are easy to take and very effective. Like all sedation medications, the amount of sedation depends on the type of oral medication and the dosage used.
There is no one perfect form of sedation for each patient and each procedure at our dental offices. Some people want a combination of sedation methods. Our goal is to make every visit to our office a painless and pleasant experience. If sedation helps with that, it is a good thing.
For more information about this and any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.