Sedation Dentistry Can Work For You

Fortunately, especially for those of us who may be more prone to anxiety than others there are more options for sedation dentistry today than ever before. Nitrous oxide for example, is a mild sedation that the patient inhales through a mask that is placed over the nose before the procedure begins. It is rapidly effective and wears off just as quickly. Other minimal sedation may be given in the form of a pill which is taken an hour or so before the procedure is to begin. The oral dosage may be increased if your dentist sees the need. The higher the strength the more the effect will be felt. Some patients have been known to actually doze off but are easily roused. If moderate sedation is administered intravenously the patient will feel the effects sooner. A general anesthesia will let the patient sleep through the entire procedure or be in a semi conscious state, whichever is more appropriate to the individual. Compass Dental is the only office in the tri county region offering general anesthesia administered by a board certified anesthesiologist! Your dentist will go over your medical history and discuss with you all the possible options for your sedation. Be sure to let him know about any new medications that you are taking that may not be listed on your record. Don’t forget to mention any over the counter medicines you are taking just to make sure to eliminate any risk of dangerous drug interaction. Dr. Sigmon will make it his priority to go over every aspect of dental sedation with you so that you can decide together which type may be best suited to your procedure. Call Compass Dental @ 828-358-2555.

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One thought on “Sedation Dentistry Can Work For You

  1. sammy

    I am a very anxious person and going to the dentist can be quite stressful for me. I’ve been considering sedation dentistry to make it less stressful and after reading this article, I think that’s what I’ll do. You mentioned that I can choose to either be asleep throughout the entire procedure or be in a semi-conscious state. I really like having that option.


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