Two Forms of Dental Sedation to Optimize Comfort
Dental Sedation is Used to Alleviate Anxiety in Patients
Here at Perfect Smiles, we’re well aware that the dentist can be a significant cause of anxiety for many. That’s why we prioritize the health and comfort of our patients over everything else. We offer multiple sedation options to ensure patients feel at ease about their dental procedures, including oral sedation (pill) and nitrous oxide. Let’s take a look at the advantages of both options.
Key Advantages to Oral Sedation
No Needles RequiresNeedles are responsible for a large share of dental anxiety. Intravenous sedation (IV) can be acutely uncomfortable, even painful, calling for an alternative like oral and nitrous sedation for anxiety-prone patients.
FDA ApprovedPatients can breathe easy knowing the FDA approves all oral sedatives used in dentistry. No negative side-effects in sight.
Awake and ResponsiveWhile amnesia is common after oral sedatives wear off, patients will remain awake and somewhat responsive during the procedure. This makes it easier for the dentist because you’ll still be able to follow instructions.
Little to No Memory of ProcedureA strong dose of oral sedatives will cause patients to forget most, if not all, of what transpired throughout their dental procedure. This is an ideal scenario for patients who are generally uncomfortable at the dentist.
Key Advantages to Nitrous Oxide
Instant Pain ReliefNitrous oxide is fast-acting because the gas enters the bloodstream seconds after inhalation. Nitrous oxide’s pain-killing properties are powerful, protecting the patient from unpleasant sensations.
Drive Yourself HomeThe effects of nitrous oxide fade almost immediately after the gas is shut off, allowing patients to regain their wakefulness and drive home.
Relieve Dental AnxietyEven the most severe anxiety is no match for nitrous oxide. Patients can fully relax and embrace their dental procedures under nitrous oxide, making it a truly excellent sedation option for many.
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Perfect Smiles in Moore, OK, is for patients of all ages, offering complete, comprehensive dental and orthodontic care. At Perfect Smiles, we offer preventative dental & orthodontic health care, including checkups, oral health consultations, and necessary treatment. We teach children and adults alike about oral hygiene so our community can maintain healthy and beautiful smiles for life.
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