There are different options that you will have when it comes to sedation dentistry. One of them could be right for you and will help to achieve the desired effect during the procedure.
One of the most common types of sedation is nitrous oxide. This is better known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide will help you relax. You will not be fully asleep with nitrous oxide, but it will lessen your fears.
Enteral sedation is another type of sedation. With it, you will take a pill or drink a liquid. This will allow you to relax. You might not fall asleep, but you will not remember much about the procedure. Enteral sedation is sometimes used in conjunction with nitrous oxide. With IV sedation, you will receive an IV in your arm. This will most likely put you into a deeper state of relaxation than enteral sedation, but you might not fall fully asleep. If we choose IV sedation, it will take a while to wear off after the procedure has finished. You will need someone else to drive you home.
If we need you to fall all the way to sleep during your dental procedure, then general anesthesia is probably the solution. With general anesthesia, you sleep through everything. In most cases, the anesthesia is injected into one of your veins. After the procedure, you may be required to stay in the office until the anesthesia wears off. Make sure that someone else will be there to drive you home.
Please make sure to follow any home-care instructions you are given carefully. These are always important to successful recovery from surgical procedures and can help you to avoid issues like infection.
Sedation is an incredibly useful tool that helps our patients to deal with all kinds of procedures, both big and small. It can be a bit overwhelming having to deal with dental procedures, we know, which is why we aim to make things as easy as possible for you here at Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery. We focus on what we do best – provide top notch dental care to our patients so that they can rest easy knowing that they are in good hands.
If you are curious to know more about any of our sedation options, or the details involved in your particular procedure, just give us a call at (702) 360-8918 and we will be happy to answer all your questions.