Not many people love going to the dentist, especially if major dental work is required. For some, there is a genuine anxiety that keeps them from getting the dental care they need. At Beaches Dentistry - Prosthodontics & Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Nodesh Shyamsunder, BDS, and Jasleen Raina, DDS, can help you have a positive dental experience. They offer sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide or IV sedation to help you fully relax during your appointment and procedure. Don’t avoid necessary dental work. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book online.
During sedation dentistry, you’re fully conscious but thoroughly relaxed. You can respond to questions and simple commands to make your procedure progress smoothly, but you typically remember little of the visit.
Discuss your reasons for wanting sedation dentistry with the Beaches Dentistry - Prosthodontics & Orthodontics team to determine if you’re a candidate. They may also suggest it to you, depending on your treatment plan.
You might know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” This inhalation sedation technique effectively keeps you unaware of the work being done during your visit but has no lasting effect. You can drive home following the administration of laughing gas.
Nitrous oxide is administered through a nose and mouth covering attached to a tube. The tube is connected to a tank of gas, and your provider can increase or decrease your dosage as necessary.
IV or intravenous sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream during dental treatment. You may have heard it called “sleep dentistry.”
You aren’t actually being put to sleep during IV sedation. Rather, you remain conscious and can respond to questions and requests. IV sedation is effective during dental procedures because it:
IV sedation is placed in a vein in your hand or arm using an extremely thin needle. The needle is attached to a thin plastic tube that administers the sedative that stays in place throughout the procedure. A technician monitors your pulse and oxygen levels throughout the procedure to ensure you stay safe during sedation.
You will need a driver to take you home following IV sedation, as you’ll remain sleepy and disoriented for several hours after your treatment.
Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling Beaches Dentistry - Prosthodontics & Orthodontics or booking an appointment online.