Mar 30th, 2020
There are three main types of sedation dentistry. At our Columbus, Ohio, office, our patients vastly prefer to be sedated orally. However, you have your choice when considering how you would like your dental work to be done. Here are the three ways sedative can be received:
• Orally. Sedative can be ingested via pill or liquid in a small dose for light to moderate sedation. Generally, this leaves the patient relaxed and calm, but able to respond to purposeful interaction from the dentist. This method is preferred among patients and dentists alike. Patients who are wary of needles and gas love this simple method. Dentists like that their patient is still able to respond to simple questions when needed, or express discomfort during work.
• Intravenously. This method produces a steady flow of sedation and is perfect for longer procedures or extended work. Patients who are anxious about needles don’t often choose this method, however. Intravenous sedation makes it easy for complicated work that often takes multiple visits to be done in one extended session. This reduces the number of visits needed with a dentist and it will only seem like minutes have passed for the patient.
• Inhalation. “Laughing gas” has been around since the 18th Century. It was one of the first anesthetics to be used, though that was long after its initial discovery. Gas had been the most common sedative used in dentistry for a very long time and is still favored by some patients today. It often creates a deeper sedation for longer procedures and leaves a euphoric effect on the patient.
Interested in learning more about sedation dentistry in Columbus for your dental work? Speak to a dentist today about what options are available to you.
Mar 15th, 2020
While sedation dentistry appeals to many potential patients, it’s not for everyone. Ask yourself why this added part of your dental routine could benefit you. Be honest with yourself and your dentist.
Sedation could be good for you if you’re anxious about dental work for a variety of reasons. Poor experiences with previous dentists can lead to a fear of anything to do with your teeth. At the Dental Center at Easton Town Center, we’re the dental resource for Central Ohio. We see many patients and pride ourselves on our approachability. But, understandably, a poor experience with another dentist can leave some people traumatized. Keeping a brilliant smile is still important, though, and many patients will try again with us. Sedation can be helpful in easing those anxieties. Low to moderate sedation leaves you still casually aware of your surroundings and capable of responding to purposeful questions. The point of sedation dentistry is to ensure that you have the best dental experience you can have and still get the most out of the work being done. Most patients who opt for sedation choose to take their medication orally and avoid intravenous needles and gas. We make it easy to say yes to dentistry.
Sometimes, sedation can be appealing and still not be the best option for you. If you dislike not having control or are wary of drugs and sedation, then this may not be the best option for you. Our dentists are happy to guide you through the work as they do it, and that may be a better way to relax about your procedure. It’s also better to not be sedated if you are worried about what your dentist will say about your teeth. We don’t bite! Let us talk to you about your teeth while we’re looking at them.
Talk to your dentist to find out if sedation dentistry is a good option for you. Make an appointment at our Columbus, Ohio, office.