Sedation dentistry is ideal for the patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety and dental phobia. Dental sedation helps alleviate pain and discomfort for the benefit of those who keep putting off their dental appointments due to anxiety.

Sedation dentistry involves the use of a class of drugs called sedatives to help patients relax and staycalm during a dental procedure. The sedatives can make a patient feel as if they’re asleep but they are still conscious and able to respond to verbal cues. With dental sedation, there’s no need to delay dental visits because of the painless and comfortable experience it can provide.

What are the types of sedation commonly used?

  • Inhaled minimal sedation. In this type of sedation, a patient is made to inhale a mixof nitrous oxide (laughing gas) together with oxygen,by means of a mask put on the nose. This process makes a patient feel relaxed before and during the procedure. The dentist is able to control the level of sedation during the procedure. After the treatment, the effects of the gas wear off easily.
  • Oral Sedation: this type of sedation is administered in the form of a small pill prior to the procedure. It is a light form of sedation and the effect wears of soon after the procedure.
  • Intravenous Sedation: IV sedation is administered directly into the blood stream. This produces a high sedative effect and is only used for major dental procedures.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

  1. Sedation dentistry can help a patient overcome fear and anxiety. Patients who fear going to the dentist will no longer have to delay or cancel their appointments to the dentists.
  2. With dental sedation, even patients who have very low tolerance for pain can go through the treatments without pain and discomfort.
  3. Dental sedation allows to finish lengthy procedures without discomfort and pain. This means that there’s no need to split the treatment into several sessions, and less number of visits will be required.
  4. Dental sedation can help you save money. You may have to pay extra on top of your treatment if you choose to undergo sedation but, it will allow you to get your procedures done in less number of visits which means decreased number of appointments and less treatment expenses.

For more information on sedation dentistry, you can call Buchanan Dental Arts at (914) 737-6300 .

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