At Monroe Dental Arts, we recognize that visiting the dentist’s office can be a stressful experience for some patients. According to research conducted by Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center, an estimated 30-40 million Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety and avoid seeking dental care as a result. Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world.
Dental anxiety can stem from a variety of different experiences or situations. For some, it may be the result of a previous bad experience at the dentist. Others may have a fear of needles, or generally feel uncomfortable in medical settings. No matter the cause, we want our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable during their visits with us—that’s why our Monroe, CT team offers dental sedation.
What Is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation is the administration of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. There are different types and levels of dental sedation, ranging from minimal to deep sedation. Our minimal sedation methods may be best utilized for patients visiting for a standard cleaning or exam, while our deep sedation methods may be best for more invasive procedures.
No matter what type of dental sedation you choose, the goal is always the same: to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during your dental visit. To learn more about the different levels of dental sedation, please review the information below. If you have any questions or would like to request sedation, just contact our Monroe, CT office and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Nitrous oxide is a type of minimal sedation administered through a small mask placed over your nose. This gas is inhaled and works quickly to help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide can cause a sense of euphoria, and some patients may even feel lightheaded or a bit dizzy. However, you will remain aware of your surroundings and be able to communicate with our team throughout your procedure.
Nitrous oxide is one of the most popular types of dental sedation because it is very effective and wears off quickly. Most patients can drive themselves home after their appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a type of moderate dental sedation that is taken in pill form. The medication will be prescribed by our team based on your weight, anxiety level, and the procedure you’re having done. Oral conscious sedation is usually taken about an hour before your appointment, so you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office.
Once the medication kicks in, you’ll likely feel very relaxed—some patients even fall asleep during their procedure. However, we may still wake you to respond to questions and follow simple commands.
IV sedation is a type of deep dental sedation that is administered directly into your bloodstream. This method is often used for more invasive procedures, such as surgical services or extensive dental work. With IV sedation, the level of sedation can be quickly adjusted and monitored throughout your procedure. This ensures your dose is carefully controlled so that you remain comfortable at all times.
Like oral conscious sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from our office for your appointment. Effects of IV sedation can last several hours after your procedure, so you must have someone available to stay with you until the medication wears off.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation offers a variety of benefits for both our patients and our team. Because dental anxiety is so common, sedation dentistry allows us to provide quality care for patients who may otherwise avoid the dentist altogether. Additionally, sedation can help reduce a patient’s gag reflex—making procedures such as cleanings and exams more comfortable.
For our team, dental sedation helps us provide efficient care. In some cases, we’re able to complete multiple procedures in
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