If you feel anxious or even fearful about going to the dentist, we want you to know that you are not alone! In fact, millions of Americans feel the same way, and unfortunately, it often keeps them from getting the dental care they need. However, sedation dentistry in Charleston, SC may be the solution you need because it can help you feel comfortable and at ease while you're receiving much needed dental treatment. Here are a few options for sedation and how they can benefit you.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is delivered through a mask worn during your treatment. It is safe for both children and adults, and it works quickly to get you feeling comfortable and relaxed. It also exits your system immediately as soon as the mask is removed, so you can resume normal activities right after your treatment, including driving. Nitrous can be used during any procedure, even your routine cleaning and checkup if necessary.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is administered with a prescription sedative that you take one hour before your procedure. Because of the amnesic effects of the medication, you will need to have a ride arranged both to and from your appointment, and you should not plan on resuming regular activities for the rest of your day following your procedure.
Although you will still be conscious and responsive, most patients feel as if they were asleep during their procedure and had little to no memory of what occurred. This type of sedation is ideal for patients who need complex or multiple procedures completed during one visit. It's also a good option for patients struggling with anxiety about dentistry, special needs, or a bad gag reflex.
Would you like to learn more about your options for dental sedation? Dr. Jason Annan and his team at East Cooper Smiles are happy to discuss your options with you. Give us a call today to learn more!