WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Sedation dentistry, as you might have guessed, combines dental services and different types of sedation in order to help a patient feel more comfortable. In addition to making a patient feel calmer mentally, sedation dentistry can also prevent a person from experiencing any physical discomfort while in the chair, leading to a much more soothing experience. It can also enable a patient to have more work done in a single appointment to save time. Many dentists offer multiple types of sedation that can be tailored to a patient and what kind of procedure they need. It’s commonly used during root canals, and many patients are surprised to learn they have so many options.
Intravenous Sedation: Our office works closely with a board-certified anesthesiologist to administer Intravenous Sedation, commonly known as “Twilight Sleep”. Utilizing this sedation option, the procedure is performed while the patient is unaware, thus enabling a stress-free root canal experience.
Nitrous Oxide: A patient wears a small mask over their nose and breathes in a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. This gives the patient a warm, happy feeling while also making them slightly numb all over. It’s fast acting, and the effects quickly go away once the mask is removed.
Oral Conscious Sedation: For a patient with more severe dental anxiety, they can be prescribed a pill to take at home on the day of their appointment. That way, by the time they actually reach the dentist’s office for their root canal, they’ll already be completely relaxed both mentally and physically.
IS SEDATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you’re in need of a root canal, sedation is definitely an option, so be sure to let your endodontist know if you’d like to use it. They’ll need to know how anxious you feel about your root canal, if you are taking medication, and if you have any medical conditions they should be aware of. Based on your input, they’ll be able to recommend the perfect type of sedation. Just follow their instructions on the day of your appointment, and your root canal will be over before you know it, and your only thought will be, “That’s it?!”