- August 1, 2017
You don’t want to be in pain.
You don’t want to gag.
You don’t want to spend your visit feeling anxious about what might happen next.
It sounds like you might have dental anxiety, which is a great reason for you to learn about sedation dentistry at our office in Ortonville, MI.
We offer three levels of dental sedation, so whether you experience mild anxiety or severe anxiety, we have a way to help you remain calm, comfortable, and relaxed during your visit to Brandon Family Dental.
To learn more about our sedation options, you can continue reading or you can contact us by calling (248) 469-0218.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Recommended for patients with mild or moderate anxiety
Many people are not aware that nitrous oxide has been used in medicine and dentistry for more than 160 years. People learned a long time ago that inhaling nitrous oxide can help patients relax while also preventing them from feeling pain.
Nitrous oxide takes effect quickly. Within minutes of breathing it in, you will notice that you feel calmer and more relaxed. You will continue breathing it during your treatment, whether it’s a dental cleaning or another of our general dental services.
After you are finished, we simply turn the gas off. You then exhale any nitrous oxide still in your lungs, and you start to feel like yourself again in a matter of minutes.
Recommended for patients with moderate or severe anxiety
Oral sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide. It takes longer to take effect, but it also takes longer to wear off. If thinking about sitting in a dentist chair makes you feel a little anxious, this may be a better option for you.
If you choose this option, then you also must arrange for someone else to drive you to and from your appointment. You will take a single dose of a sedative pill prior to your appointment. After we know that you are feeling its effects, we can begin your dental care.
With oral sedation, you may feel drowsy. Some people even fall asleep. Other people remain awake but have little or no memory of their dental care.
Regardless, this offers similar benefits to nitrous oxide. You will remain relaxed. You will stay calm. And you won’t feel any pain during your dental care.
After your friend or family member takes you home, you will want to rest while the medication wears off, however.
Recommended for patients with severe anxiety or patients going through more complicated treatments
Few dentists complete the necessary training to be able to offer IV sedation, but this is an in-house service at Brandon Family Dental.
This is the strongest form of sedation that we offer. As such, you must arrange for someone else to take you home if you receive IV sedation.
With this kind of sedation, you will feel the effects quickly. You will be closely and carefully monitored the entire time you are under this sedation, which can be adjusted as needed. As with our other forms of sedation, this will keep your relaxed and pain-free so you can get the dental care that you need.
The effects of this sedation can last for a while after your treatment is over. As a result, you should plan to recuperate at home after you leave our office.
Which Sedation Option Could Help You?
We want every patient to feel comfortable at our dentist office in Ortonville, MI. We welcome you to call us at (248) 469-0218 if you would like to learn more about our different kinds of sedation.