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Sedation dentistry in Mesa, AZ is an excellent way to provide a dental experience that is safe and reduces anxiety. Sedation dentistry, which is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry involves utilizing oral or IV medication, or Nitrous Oxide in order to create a relaxing experience for patients during a dental procedure. Sedatives are perfect for anxious patients who fear going to the dentist, and generally make dental treatments seem faster.
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Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is delivered throughout the entire dental procedure through a nose hood. Nitrous oxide elevates the mood, which often causes a state of laughter in patients – hence the name. Nitrous oxide is one of the more common ways for dentists to reduce pain and anxiety in patients.
IV Sedation. Patients who have received intravenous sedation often feel as though they slept through their entire procedure. IV sedation is a moderate sedation method, and is generally used for shorter treatments. Sedation is injected directly into the bloodstream, taking effect on patients immediately.
Oral Conscious Sedation. Oral medication is administered to patients before their dental procedure in order to achieve a moderate state of sedation. Oral conscious sedation is a great option for those who fear needles, and usually dulls the senses rather than makes a patient feel as if they have fallen asleep. Most of our oral medications contain benzodiazepines, which help to reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, and insomnia. Each medication’s effects last for a varying amount of time, and your specific dental procedure can help to determine which medication will be the most suitable.
No matter what sedation method you choose, it is important to secure the help of friends or loved ones who can assist you after your dental procedure. Typically, patients feel groggy or sleepy after their treatment, so having someone of assistance will help to keep you safe.
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Your Mesa, AZ sedation dentist will be able to determine what sedation method is best for you. Prior to your dental treatment, you will take part in a consultation that involves obtaining your medical history. This, as well as your comfort level, will help to determine which form of sedation to choose. Call us today to schedule your consultation!