If you suffer from dental anxiety, dental sedation may be remarkably helpful if you need dental treatment of any kind, from necessary check ups to cosmetic dentistry. Dental sedation can give you the relaxation and comfort you need to be able to have a pleasant, productive visit with the dentist.
At Salt Lake Dental Care, Dr. Blackwood offers three types of dental sedation. He will partner with you to give you the dental sedation treatment that is right for you. We offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a time-tested dental sedation method that has been proven safe. This is the mildest form of dental sedation we offer, but that doesn’t mean nitrous oxide isn’t effective. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is combined with oxygen that you breathe through a tube. Nitrous oxide works very quickly and dissipates from your system quickly so you can drive to and from your appointment. Nitrous oxide is very effective to help you feel relaxed. You do not fall asleep. You simply aren’t as triggered or anxious about outside stimulus.
Oral sedation is a pill Dr. Blackwood will give to you for your next appointment. Usually you are instructed to take the oral sedation before you arrive so you will be relaxed while you are getting your dental procedures. Oral sedation is a little stronger than nitrous oxide and the same type of relaxation is achieved. You do not fall asleep, but you may feel drowsy. Because you may feel woozy as the oral sedation begins to take effect, you will need to have transportation to and from your appointment.
IV Sedation provides the most sedative effect of the three dental sedation treatments we offer. Some people like IV sedation because it can be precisely monitored throughout your dental procedures. IV sedation does not make you sleep, though you may doze or feel drowsy. In fact, often when our patients choose IV sedation, they don’t remember anything about their dental procedures at all. When using IV sedation as your dental sedation treatment, you will need to find transportation to and from your appointment.
For more information about dental sedation or to set an appointment for the dental procedures you need and want, call our Murray, UT office today! Dr. Blackwood and his team are eager to answer any questions or concerns you may have about dental sedation if you are in Salt Lake City or Sandy, Utah.