Between 9-15% of Americans experience some type of dental anxiety. If you’re one of them, sedation dentistry can help you relax while receiving the treatment you need. At Choice Dental in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Trent Kelly, DDS, offers sedation dentistry in-house, including nitrous oxide and IV sedation. To schedule an appointment today, book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly team member.
Sedation dentistry uses products like laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and intravenous medication to help you relax during dental treatment. If you experience dental anxiety, sedation dentistry allows you to improve your oral health without fear.
Some people refer to sedation dentistry as sleep dentistry, but that’s a misnomer. Sedation dentistry doesn’t knock you out. Instead, it helps you relax. You might feel drowsy during the appointment, but you can still follow Dr. Kelly’s instructions and answer his questions if necessary.
At Choice Dental, Dr. Kelly offers several types of in-office sedation dentistry, including:
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most common type of sedation dentistry. You breathe it through a mask placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide promotes feelings of happiness and relaxation. Throughout treatment, Dr. Kelly adjusts the amount of gas you receive.
During IV sedation, Dr. Kelly administers sedative medication through a needle into a vein. IV sedation works almost instantly because it bypasses your digestive system entirely. Like nitrous oxide, Dr. Kelly can adjust the amount of medication you receive throughout treatment, ensuring your comfort.
Sedation dentistry is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. Before making a recommendation, Dr. Kelly reviews your oral health history and asks you to rate your anxiety on a scale of 1-10. Additionally, make sure to let him know about any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you take regularly.
You should also let Dr. Kelly know about any underlying health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. These conditions won’t necessarily disqualify you from undergoing sedation dentistry, but they may increase your risk of complications.
After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Kelly can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your health history and needs.
Following sedation dentistry, you’re moved to a recovery room. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home and return to work and other routine activities right away.
IV sedation stays in your system for longer. As a result, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home. You’ll also need to take the remainder of the day off of work.
To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment at Choice Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly team member today.