Eliminate Dental Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry
If you’re feeling nervous about visiting the dentist, know that dental anxiety is a common problem — some patients even avoid any necessary procedures because of their dental anxiety. Thankfully, Dr. Stovall offers sedation dentistry, a useful relief from dental anxiety that helps our patients conquer their fears. This procedure routinely allows our patients to feel relaxed during their treatments, giving you the high-quality dental care you deserve.
We offer this relaxation technique orally and through an IV to ensure you receive the level of sedation you need. We guarantee that Dr. Stovall and his experienced staff will monitor you while you’re sedated to ensure you stay calm and safe.
Why Patients Choose Sedation Dentistry
Sedation is a medication that is customized to each patient to ensure they have a positive experience while at our office.
This relaxation technique is good for people who have:
- Dental phobias or anxiety
- Sensitivity or low pain thresholds
- Trouble sitting still
- Extensive procedures
Types of Sedation Dentistry We Offer
Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that’s administered through a mask. You’ll be fully awake while on this type of sedation but will still feel completely comfortable and calm.
The effects of nitrous oxide wear off fast, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home after your procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you’re looking for a non-invasive sedation option, oral conscious sedation may be the correct solution for you. This form of sedation is given to you in the form of a pill and is easy to swallow. Depending on the dosage prescribed, it can be a mild or moderate form of sedation. It leaves you feeling groggy after the procedure, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home after your procedure.
This form of sedation is administered through a needle that’s inserted into your vein. While it doesn’t put you to sleep, it may cause you to doze off slightly during the procedure. It’s one of the most effective forms of sedation and is a good option for patients with severe dental anxiety.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I feel after dental sedation?
How you feel after dental sedation depends on what type of sedation you receive. After nitrous oxide, you’ll quickly return to your normal self after 2 to 3 minutes. Following oral sedation and IV sedation, it typically takes 24 hours to metabolize the medication. You’ll need to have a ride home in these cases.
In addition to following any recommendations by Dr. Stovall, you’ll want to refrain from any activities that could physically harm you or another person. Stay hydrated and rest as needed.
Can I talk during conscious sedation?
During conscious sedation, you’ll be able to respond to questions and may or may not remember the procedure. You’ll be completely relaxed and free of worries. Most patients report a euphoric and calm sensation.
Other common side effects of dental sedation include:
- Delayed reflexes
- Low blood pressure
Dr. Stovall will be in communication with you throughout your treatment to ensure you’re comfortable and free of pain, so he can adjust the dosage as needed.
Is sedation safer than general anesthesia?
Conscious sedation is safer than general anesthesia because there are more risks associated with losing consciousness. That’s why general anesthesia is reserved for invasive surgeries that typically take place in hospitals.
Conscious sedation has its own risks such as:
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Allergic reaction
While complications with dental sedation are rare, having a trusted dentist such as Dr. Stovall administering the medication will ensure you receive the proper dosage and that the treatment will produce the best possible results. You’ll be at ease with Dr. Stovall and dental sedation.