Invasive dental procedures are certainly not something that makes our patients jump for joy. Extractions, oral surgery, and even regular appointments may be anxiety-inducing for some people. To make this process easier, Riverside Dental Group in California offers a form of sedation that allows you to be relaxed during these treatments. This form of anesthesia can reduce your anxiety but allow you to respond when necessary. In today’s blog, we will be discussing how this works and when it may be necessary.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
When it comes to surgery, there are many forms of anesthesia available. You may already be familiar with general anesthesia. This is a state where you “go under,” meaning you are not awake during your treatment. While this is effective in many situations, it is usually not used in dentistry.
During dental procedures, the patient needs to be conscious so that they can respond when necessary. To achieve this, a pill or liquid form of a sedative will be taken before your appointment. If you are undergoing a treatment that requires this, be sure to have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. You will be awake and able to respond during the appointment, but you will feel at ease.
When Is Conscious Sedation Used?
Oral conscious sedation can be used for a variety of dental procedures. For patients with dental anxiety, this may be recommended for routine checkups. Patients who feel high levels of stress at the dentist, have extremely sensitive teeth or have special needs may have a difficult time during checkups. The sedative allows the patient to be cooperative with the staff so that necessary cleanings can be performed.
Other procedures, such as extractions and oral surgery, may also use this form of sedation. The level of anesthesia used will depend on your health history, needs, and the treatment being performed. Before the appointment, your dentist will go over these factors and determine the best method of sedation for your needs.
There are other forms of anesthesia available depending on your needs. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, may be used for more minor treatments. The effects wear off quickly, but you may still need a family member to drive you home as an extra precaution.
Talk To Your Dentist About Sedation Options
To schedule a checkup or other dental service, call your nearest Riverside Dental Group location today.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.