Sedation dentistry is the use of different sedatives to help a person overcome their dental anxiety and proceed with a dental treatment. A sedation dentist can use different types of sedatives such as oral sedatives, IV or intravenous, or laughing gas (nitrous oxide). Dosage for all these types of sedatives can be increased or decreased depending on the patient’s sedation needs.
Before Undergoing Sedation
During your first checkup with your Lincroft dentist, you can already discuss the options you have for sedation dentistry. It’s important to let your dentist know about other medications and food supplements you are taking before the actual dental sedation procedure so that he can determine which sedative is appropriate for you and avoid any conflicting drugs.
You should also tell your dentist if you have other health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. There might be some conflicts with the type of sedative you choose and your current health condition, so your doctor needs to know what illnesses you have to make sure that you won’t have any complications with the sedatives.
After Undergoing Sedation
After receiving the appropriate sedative, you will feel a bit light-headed at the start of your dental procedure. Most patients claim that they do not have a memory of what transpired in the dental clinic, but they are awake and able to respond to questions from their dentist. They are also able to move, hear, and recognize the movements in the room.
Once your procedure is done, the effects of the sedative will not immediately wear off. There have been cases where the patient suffers from a short nausea or vomiting, but these are very seldom. It is advisable to have a companion during your appointment so that you can go home safely after the treatment.
To get professional treatment for dental sedation, you may call Newman Springs Dental Clinic at (732) 352-3903.