O’Fallon Sedation Dentist Explains Potential Sedation Treatments for Patients

Written by Dr. Brace on Mar 5, 2013

Sedation dentistry has come a long way in the past decade—patients who are looking to minimize pain and anxiety during dental treatment now have more options than ever before! Our O’Fallon sedation dentist office is here to help you find sedation treatment to fit your life. In this installment of our regular blog series, we’re going to review some common sedation dentistry options.

When considering sedation dentistry treatment you should consider a few factors:

1. What kind of sedation is appropriate for the dental treatments you’ll be undergoing?

2. What are your goals using sedation dentistry—to eliminate pain? To calm down before treatment?

3. Are you a suitable candidate for sedation treatments—let your dentist know about any preexisting medical conditions and medications you’re taking.

Our dental team will take all of this into account as we guide you through your sedation options…

Nitrous oxide sedation—commonly called “laughing gas”—makes patients feel calm and happy during treatment. This treatment is inhaled through a comfortable mask. The effects of this nitrous oxide fade quickly after treatment.

Intraoral injections numb specific areas of the mouth in preparation for dental treatment. These shots provide localized anesthesia to oral tissues without affecting other areas of the body.

Oral conscious sedation is used to help patients with dental anxiety and patients who are undergoing lengthy oral treatments. With oral conscious sedation, a patient simply takes a pill at home before they come to the dental office. This pill helps them relax before their appointment, and keeps them comfortable during treatment. Although the patient is never unconscious, they probably won’t remember treatment after they get home.

To learn more about sedation dentistry options, contact our O’Fallon sedation dentist office, today! We’ll be able to talk in greater detail about sedation options that might be right for you at your consultation.