Is Oral Sedation or Nitrous Oxide A Better Sedation Option For Me?

Depending on the dental treatment you are having, sedation dentistry might be a good choice for you. You have options for how you would like to be sedated, and the options used by Beach Cities Dental Group allow you to be awake and alert the entire time. Before you go to your next dental appointment, read on for more information on sedation dentistry.

What Is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is a pill you take a few hours before a dental treatment. You are conscious but calm by the time you are ready for your procedure. But the effects last for hours before and after your treatment, so you will need a ride to and from the dentist’s office. This type of sedation dentistry is helpful if you need multiple treatments in one visit or are anxious about seeing the dentist. Your dentist will be able to tell you if they think this is the best solution for your treatment.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas.” The sedation takes effect almost immediately when inhaled and wears off when you remove the gas mask. Because of how quickly the effects wear off, this type of sedation dentistry is good for people who wish to drive themselves but still would like to be sedated for a cavity filling or other small procedure. Speak with your dentist if nitrous oxide seems like a better option than oral sedation.

Things to Consider with Sedation Dentistry

Inquiring about sedation dentistry is valuable for many reasons. Sedation has a calming effect and can be helpful for those with dentist anxiety. It can keep you comfortable during long treatments or multiple treatments. It also works well with numbing agents if the treatment might be painful. Take into consideration the type of treatment you are having, and whether you need to be able to drive yourself or have someone take you. Oral sedation may keep you awake, but you won’t be able to drive your car. Discuss your options with your family and your dentist to find the best option for you.

At Beach Cities Dental Group, Dr. Georgia Haddad has used sedation dentistry for many different patient treatments. She understands that sometimes it’s needed and will walk you through the process. She is willing to listen to all of your concerns. For new patients interested in sedation dentistry, call us today at (805) 263-7050.


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