At Shore Dental, helping patients of all ages feel truly comfortable is a top priority for Dr. Stein and Dr. Smith, which is why sedation dentistry is always available during treatment. This technique can relieve anxiety, reduce sensitive gag reflexes, and result in a smoother, faster process overall for you or your loved one. If you’d like to learn more about our sedation options or if you’re ready to schedule a first visit, don’t hesitate to contact our North Port, FL location today.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide (which is sometimes referred to as “laughing gas”) is a safe and effective sedative method for children and adults alike. The effect is mild enough that patients will remain conscious throughout their appointment, but it can relieve feelings of stress and anxiety and create a much more pleasant atmosphere overall for treatment.
Once you’ve settled into the treatment chair, someone from our team will fit you for a nasal mask. This mask will directly administer nitrous oxide that’s mixed with oxygen. Within a few minutes, you should start to feel calm and content. Some patients may experience light-headedness or a light tingling in their arms and legs. Other people have said that nitrous oxide causes their whole body to feel heavy. No matter what, you will remain alert enough to respond to any requests or questions our doctors will ask you.
One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is that patients will recover very quickly from the effects after we’ve removed the nasal mask. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll be able to return to work, school, or running errands with hardly any downtime, which is ideal for busy adults and families.
Do you still have questions about dental sedation? For your convenience, our sedation dentist has answered some of the most common concerns that we get from our patients below.
Will I be unconscious during sedation?
During your procedure, after we’ve administered the sedation, you will not be unconscious at any point. One of our team members will continue monitoring your vitals and make any necessary adjustments to your sedation if needed. You will even be able to answer any questions we ask you. However, with most types of sedation, you won’t remember the actual treatment and won’t be in discomfort at all. This is a great benefit for patients who suffer from dental phobia.
Is dental sedation safe?
Sedation is completely safe when it’s administered by a trained professional, like Dr. Stein or Dr. Smith. Before beginning your treatment, we’ll speak with you and look over your medical history to make sure that dental sedation is a good option for you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!
How long will it take for the effects to wear off?
The amount of time in which the effects of your sedation linger depends on the type of sedation you receive. We only offer nitrous oxide sedation, which only takes a few minutes to wear off once we remove the mask. Other forms of sedation can linger for hours after your procedure.
Will I need someone to pick me up from my appointment?
If you receive nitrous oxide, you should be able to drive to and from your appointment without having to worry about needing to call on anybody to pick you up. This is due to the fact that the effects wear off so quickly. If you do still feel woozy or light-headed after a few minutes of being off sedation, we may request that you ask a trusted friend or family member to pick you up to ensure your safety.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for dental sedation?
Many people are surprised to learn that dental sedation is a fairly versatile service that your dentist offers. While the most obvious sedation patients are those with dental phobias or fears, nitrous oxide can also be beneficial if you suffer from any of the following issues:
Are afraid of needles
Have had a traumatic experience at the dentist’s in the past
Have physical disabilities that make it difficult to sit in a treatment chair for long periods of time
Have a strong gag reflex
Have dental sensitivity that makes cleanings or other procedures uncomfortable
Require a more complex or invasive procedure
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact our office.