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What is It Really Like to Be Under Dental Sedation?

February 20, 2021

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Dentist preparing child for sedation dentistry

In the past, you’ve always found your dental visits to be stressful, somewhat harrowing experiences. You know that having your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities is important, but because of your anxiety, you find yourself reluctant to schedule an appointment even when it’s absolutely necessary. You do know that sedation dentistry promises to help you overcome your dental fears and make your visit much more comfortable, but what will it really feel like? Below, you can learn more about the different types of dentistry and how they really feel.

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Being Under Nitrous Oxide

The effects of nitrous oxide are milder compared to other sedatives, but it can still make all the difference for nervous patients. As you breathe in the gas mixed with oxygen through a special nasal mask, you’ll enter a deeply relaxed state. You won’t be afraid of anything that’s going on around you, making it easier to stay calm throughout the treatment. However, you will still be conscious and alert, meaning you can answer questions and follow your dentist’s instructions. After the procedure is done, you’ll return to normal after just a few minutes of breathing oxygen.

Being Under Oral Conscious Sedation

Unlike nitrous oxide, you normally begin oral conscious sedation before you even get to the dental practice. You’ll take the medication about an hour before treatment begins. This state of relaxation is typically deeper than what’d you’d experience with nitrous oxide; you’ll still be aware enough of your surroundings to interact with the dentist, but you may also be sleepy enough to doze off. It can take a few hours for the effects to fully wear off, so you might find yourself feeling groggy for a while. You should plan on spending the rest of the day recovering.

Being Under IV Sedation

IV sedation offers the deepest form of relaxation possible, overcoming even the most severe dental phobias. The medication is injected directly into your bloodstream and puts you in a calm, drowsy state in just a few minutes. Like the other forms of sedation, you’ll still be awake and able to interact with the dentist. However, there’s a good chance that you may not remember what happens while you’re other the effects of IV sedation at all – which, if you find yourself stressed out by the sights and sounds of dental care, is likely a good thing.

Your dentist can give you more insight into what sedation dentistry feels like. They can also help determine whether you’re a candidate for the treatment and help you prepare accordingly. Call the nearest practice right away if you’re tired of your dental fears standing in the way at the times when you need dental care the most.

About the Author

Dr. Gary Rosenfield has enjoyed bringing contemporary, comfortable dental care to his patients for over 33 years. His Medford practice, Island Daily Dental Care, offers several different forms of sedation, from nitrous oxide that’s suitable for routine appointments to IV sedation that helps even the most fearful patients remain relaxed. To learn more about your sedation options, visit his website or call (631) 286-9000.

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

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Dentist placing nitrous oxide mask on child patient

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What Do Dental Implants Feel Like When Placed?

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An In-Depth Look at the Process of Getting Dentures

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For the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth and the 36 million U.S. adults who are missing all their teeth, smiling confidently, chewing, and speaking clearly can be difficult. Fortunately, partial and full dentures are two tooth replacement options that are safe, effective, and long-lasting. But what exactly does the process of getting dentures entail? And how long does it take? Read on for the answers!

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