What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental anxiety can make undergoing even the most routine procedures difficult for many people. With sedation dentistry, your Spring Hill TN dentist will administer a sedative to help you remain calm and relaxed. In addition to dental anxiety, sedation often helps patients who have developmental disorders or medical complications that make receiving dental care next tot impossible. The method of sedation prescribed will depend on the your medical history, severity of anxiety, and the procedure being performed.
Your Spring Hill TN dentist provides multiple sedation options, including:
· Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide relaxes patients and the effects wear off as soon as the procedure ends, allowing you to drive home or even return to work.
· Oral Sedation: You swallow a sedative in pill form, typically valium or halcyon, about an hour prior to the procedure. This is a deeper sedation; you will be groggy following the treatment and need to arrange a ride home.
· Oral Conscious Sedation: Combining nitrous oxide and oral sedation, patients enter a deep state of relaxation. As with oral sedation, you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office.
· IV Sedation: The deepest method of sedation available and injected via an IV. For patients with severe anxiety or developmental disorders, IV sedation may be the most appropriate option. Your vitals will be monitored throughout the procedure to ensure safety and comfort.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding these techniques, or sedation in general, feel free to contact Dr. Foster today.
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