Types of Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation has been administered for decades – nitrous oxide for over a century. Dr. Foster offers four levels of sedation for varying concerns, but does not put anyone to sleep with general sedation. Sedation dentistry provides comfort while allowing patients to remain awake and responsive during dental visits.
Nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas,” is inhaled through a facemask. Its calming effects occur immediately and last only while the medication is being administered. With nitrous oxide, you will be able to drive home after your dental appointment.
Oral sedation involves swallowing a sedative about an hour prior to a dental procedure. Oral sedatives make a person feel intensely groggy and carefree. If you decide to use oral sedation, you will need a ride to and from your appointment.
Oral conscious sedation is the use of both nitrous oxide and an oral sedative. With this higher level of dental sedation, the patient enters a twilight state between wakefulness and sleep. Because an oral sedative is used for oral conscious sedation, you’ll need a ride to and from our office.
IV sedation, a sedative given through the vein by intravenous drip, may be advised for extremely anxious or physically compromised patients who need extensive dental treatment.
Relax with Personalized Dental Sedation
Sedation dentistry can help patients with dental phobia receive the care they need, or help anxious patients remain calm longer to expedite their treatment. To find out if you can benefit from dental sedation, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384. Since 1985, we’ve proudly served patients living in Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, and all surrounding communities.