If you are a patient suffering from dental anxiety, it is possible to be sedated throughout the whole procedure to help you rest at ease while your procedure is taking place. Make sure to voice your concerns so your visit can go as smooth as possible – your San Leandro dentist will suggest the following procedures based on your particular case:
- Nitrous oxide. Otherwise known as laughing gas, this is the most common form of sedation used by dentists because it doesn’t put you to sleep and is very effective in calming you down so that you can sit through a whole procedure.
- Oral sedation. In this type of sedation, you take a pill or liquid orally to help you relax throughout the whole procedure. Like nitrous oxide, you’ll still be awake after taking oral sedation, but you won’t be nervous about the dental work anymore.
- IV sedation. In this case, instead of taking something orally or inhaling it, IV sedation is injected directly into a vein for a much deeper sedation. Unlike oral sedation and nitrous oxide, you’ll need to rest for a few hours and have somebody else drive you home afterwards.
- General anesthesia. With this, you will be completely asleep for the entirety of the procedure. The sedation often uses a combination of drugs injected directly into the veins and inhaling anesthesia in gas form.
Dental sedation is generally safe, and it is pretty normal to feel nauseous, confused or groggy after the procedure. In rare cases, sedation can cause loss of physical coordination, dizziness, sleepiness and nausea.
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