Dental work can sometimes come with small or large amounts of pain. This can vary based on patient and procedure differences. Some patients are more sensitive to pain and may require anesthetic for certain procedures. Some procedures are more invasive than others and we may recommend an anesthetic for your treatment. When it comes to sedation dentistry, you have options. Here are four different types of dental sedation we use at Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry and how each one is best suited.
One of the lighter forms of dental sedation, we may prescribe a pill for you to take about an hour before your procedure. The pill that is typically prescribed is called Halcion, and it’s a member of the Valium drug family. The effect is that you’ll be drowsy, but you’ll still be awake. If necessary, a larger dose may be given to enhance the effects of the sedation.
Nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas, is a common dental sedation and is often used in combination with other methods. This is when we place a mask over your mouth and nose and pump the gas into it so that you breathe it in. This will make you a little light-headed, and generally pretty giggly. It is a very light sedation and may be used as a precursor to the injection for some of our more sensitive patients.
An injection into your gum line, called novocaine, is often used for fillings or other localized procedures. This is used to numb only the area we are working in, and not your entire nervous system. You will still be wide awake, alert, and able to drive after the procedure. You just won’t be able to feel your mouth, lips, or chin for a few hours afterwards. So be careful eating soup when you get home since you may not know that it’s dripping all down your chin!
For intense procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal or other oral surgery, we will recommend IV sedation. This is when an IV is inserted into your arm’s vein, the sedation is pumped through the IV and you fall asleep after counting down backwards from 10. You will be asleep during the entire procedure and will be quite drowsy afterwards. You will need someone to drive you home and take care of you for several hours.
Looking for a Dentist with Sedation Options?
Then look no further than Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry! At our East Cobb dental office, we provide several types of dental sedation so you can feel calm and relaxed and get the treatment you need! We understand that dental work is scary for many patients because of the pain. That’s why we make every effort possible to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed while in our offices. Please call us at 770-578-1331 or reach out online to learn more about our sedation dentistry options.