Hello San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. The holidays are just around the corner, and 2016 will quickly follow them. The new year is always one of the best times to evaluate your health. Maybe you want to start exercising more, or add more fiber to your diet. Or maybe it’s finally time to take care of that recurring toothache that’s been bothering you.
But if you’re afraid of visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. At Advanced Dental Associates we’ve helped numerous patients overcome their fear or anxiety regarding dental work. We’re proud to offer three types of sedation dentistry including nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Dental sedation is designed to help you relax and feel completely comfortable for the duration of your dental treatment.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you an in-depth look at sedation dentistry. We’ll discuss the differences between different types of dental sedation, and what you can expect during your sedation dentistry appointment. But first, let’s look at why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from getting the dental work you need.
Generally speaking, dental problems won’t get any better with time. If you have a lingering toothache, it might be tempting to just take some Tylenol and hope that the pain goes away. But toothaches are often signs of serious problem with your dental healthy including cavities or an infection.
A cavity is a relatively simple problem to correct; often times cavities can be painlessly filled with a tooth-colored filling. But if left untreated, your tooth will continue to decay. You may end up needing a dental crown or a root canal to correct the problems. Delays in dental treatment can often cause you pain and cost you money.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is the first level of dental sedation. This low-level sedative can relieve your nerves before an appointment, and wear off in time for you to drive yourself home from the appointment. Your sedation dentist fits a nosepiece on you and breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Within a few moments, you’ll feel calm and tranquil. You may feel so relaxed that you don’t even realize that you’re at the dentist office.
Oral sedation is the next level of dental sedation. Oral sedation is perfect for longer treatments or patients with high levels of anxiety. Your sedation dentist prescribes you a mild sedative to take before your treatment. Then you just sit back and relax while we restore your teeth. Oral sedation is considerably stronger than nitrous oxide sedation, you may not even remember your dental treatment. Oral sedation lasts for a relatively long time, so you’ll need someone to drive you home after your treatment.
IV Sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation available. Dental sedation requires special training and certification, so it’s not available at very many dentist offices. You won’t feel asleep when you undergo IV sedation, but you won’t remember your procedure. IV dental sedation is similar to twilight sedation.
IV sedation is an excellent option if you are scared of the dentist, or need to undergo several dental treatments. With IV sedation, your sedation dentist can accomplish far more dental work in a shorter period of time. You just count backwards then relax while we restore your smile.
Make An Appointment
Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from the dentist’s office. 2016 can be the year you finally have a healthy smile. Contact Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, to learn more about sedation dentistry. You can reach our office by calling 210-819-5233.