For many people, going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience. This may be due to a poor past occurrence, fear of dental treatment, or simply because they feel uncomfortable in a dentist’s or doctor’s office. Fortunately, our team at Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach understands this and takes a compassionate approach to these patients—working with them to gently manage their anxiety. One of the ways we do this is by offering sedation dentistry to those who need it.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help a patient relax during dental treatment, allowing them to remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. These sedatives safely inhibit the patient’s response to sensations of fear and discomfort, while still allowing them to remain conscious.
Our team at Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach is well-equipped to provide this form of care and consistently monitors patients under sedation to ensure they are safe and comfortable.
Types Of Sedation Offered
We offer multiple forms of sedation dentistry to provide the patient with the best and most effective care possible. These different sedatives are capable of meeting various degrees of anxiety, ranging from minimal to severe. This ensures that every patient has a chance of remaining comfortable, regardless of their fear or discomfort. The types of sedation dentistry we provide and their details are listed below.
Nitrous oxide is the best sedative for patients who only require minimal sedation. This is because it takes effect quickly, does not require an IV, and wears off shortly after treatment. As a result, the patient can easily return to normal activities soon after the appointment.
Nitrous oxide is delivered in a gas form that the patient inhales through a small mask placed over the nose. Once inhaled, the patient will experience a euphoric and calm feeling, which allows them to receive treatment with minimal stress.
This sedative works by blocking pain and anxiety signals from reaching the brain, replacing them with feelings of relaxation. Nitrous oxide is safe for both children and adults and does not cause any lasting impairment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a method of sedation dentistry that is slightly stronger than nitrous oxide. It uses a pill to provide moderate sedation before treatment, allowing the patient to remain conscious while feeling more relaxed and comfortable.
This sedative is recommended for patients who need a stronger form of sedation due to extreme levels of anxiety or discomfort. It takes effect within 30 minutes of taking the pill and can last for several hours. Because this sedative’s effects extend well beyond the conclusion of treatment, patients will need a friend or family member available to drive them home safely. We also recommend that the patient take the rest of the day to relax at home and recover until the effects of the sedative have completely worn off.
At Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach, we strive to provide the highest quality of care for our patients. That is why we have invested in the resources necessary to offer quality sedation dentistry services. If you feel that sedation is the right choice for your dental treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment and request dental sedation. Our team is happy to answer any questions and provide more information about sedation dentistry in Jacksonville, FL. Together, we will find a solution that is comfortable and effective for you!