Sedation dentistry is beneficial for patients with dental fear or anxiety, as well as those who are undergoing surgery or complex procedures. Dental sedation allows patients to feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental treatments.
Columbia Family Dental Care provides sedation dentistry to patients in Columbia, MD. Patients may benefit from sedation dentistry if they have tooth sensitivity, a gag reflex, fear or anxiety, or just want more comfortable general dental treatment. Sometimes patients may not even remember their dental procedure under dental sedation.
Why Choose Dental Sedation?
Using modern sedation methods, we can provide the most comfortable care possible. Dr. Sulekha Agrawal and her friendly staff work with patients one-to-one to ensure that they feel relaxed before, during, and after their procedure.
Many patients avoid going to the dentist because they are anxious or fearful. However, when patients avoid going to the dentist, they may not be treating developing dental problems. It is important for us to diagnose and treat problems early on to avoid more costly and complex treatments down the road. We will help decide which sedation option is best for you during a pre-procedure consultation. Our dentists will also explain the treatment process to you so you can feel more involved and comfortable with your care.
Common Types of Dental Sedation
Sedation dentistry alleviates anxiety and provides a relaxing dental experience. Some of the most common methods of dental sedation include:
- Oral Conscious: Administered through the mouth before treatment, oral conscious sedation allows patients to remain comfortable and conscious during their treatment. Patients are also able to respond to their dentist with this type of sedation. Under oral sedation, patients feel calm and relaxed. Patients who undergo oral sedation will need someone to drive them to and from their dental appointment.
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nasal mask and takes effect very quickly. Nitrous oxide dissipates when we remove the mask. Under this form of sedation, patients feel calm and may even be asleep during treatment. Patients can drive themselves to and from their appointment because nitrous oxide wears off quickly.