Many people dread visiting the dentist due to their fear of pain. The good news is that there are several ways to manage dental anxiety. As a result, you can receive higher-quality care and experience a greater level of comfort.
Galan Dental provides a wide range of sedation options to ensure that our patients have the best and most pain-free experience during surgical procedures.
What Is Oral Sedation?
Oral sedation is the most popular and widely recognized sedation strategy since it is the most convenient. It is widely used to treat mild to moderate anxiety and, in some cases, to assist the patient in getting a good night’s sleep the night before an appointment. We want our anxious patients to be lightly sedated, comfortable, more cooperative, and easier to handle rather than to provide moderate sedation or pain control.
Why Choose Oral Sedation for dental surgeries?
Some people have legitimate apprehensions about going to the dentist or about some of the treatments and tools utilized. Many folks feel shivers when they think about the drill or the needles we use. Here are some indications that you should consider oral sedation for your next dental procedure:
- You are anxious in general, but particularly about the dentist.
- You are about to undergo invasive dental surgery.
- The procedure is long and should be completed in one session.
- You are afraid of going to the dentist, the process, or the tools used.
Benefits of Oral Sedation
- Simple to Administer
Oral sedation is the simplest type of sedation because all you have to do is take the pill an hour or so before your appointment. Your dentist will give you medication to help you relax throughout the operation. You’ll be relaxed by the time you arrive.
- No Needles
Many patients who are terrified of the dentist are also afraid of needles, which are used during IV sedation. Furthermore, with oral sedation, the patient takes the medication orally before the session without the worry of being poked by the dentist.
Because the FDA regulates all oral sedatives, it is exceedingly unlikely that you will encounter any dangerous adverse effects.
Even if you’re fatigued from pill drowsiness, you’ll still be alert and responsive. You’ll be able to listen to and respond to your dentist’s instructions because you’ll be awake during the treatment.
What Are the Types of Sedation Ideal For Dental Surgeries?
There are several types of sedation dentistry available at Galan Dental that our experienced Dentist San Jose can provide to make your treatment as stress-free as possible.
- Local Anesthesia
If you have mild anxiety or dental phobia, local anesthesia is an option that is suitable for you. It helps with pain relief and keeps you calm during your dental procedure. This type of sedation is used for treatments like:
- Tooth extractions
- Cleaning and X-ray
- Root canal therapy
- Sedation Dentistry for Implants and Dentures
- Fluoride application as a preventive measure for children
- Oral Sedation (Prescription Medications)
Oral sedation is perfect for patients who have mild to moderate anxiety about dental procedures but require a little more comfort and relaxation than local anesthesia can offer. The medication used for oral sedation is typically prescribed by the dentist and administered by the patient.
- Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas, which has been used as a form of sedation since the 1800s. This gas has been shown to be safe when used by our experienced dentist. The gas will be inhaled through a small mask that covers your nose and allows you to breathe normally during your treatment. During the procedure, your mind will feel more relaxed and calm, which reduces anxiety while increasing your comfort throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide is commonly combined with other types of sedation to help with dental anxiety.
Book an appointment with the Dentist in San Jose, CA, Galan DNTL, and we shall guide you further on sedation options.