Dental anxiety is a serious issue that prevents millions of patients from receiving the care that they need. If you suffer from this condition, Dr. Grubb offers three forms of sedation dentistry to help you relax in the dental chair.
Learn about nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation, as well as how they can benefit you.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask that’s placed over your nose. It takes effect almost immediately, providing you with a wave of euphoria that will help you remain calm throughout your treatment.
The effects of nitrous oxide can be reversed very quickly, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home. You’ll have little to no memory of your procedure, which will help reduce your anxiety for future dental appointments.
For this method of sedation dentistry, you’ll ingest a small pill an hour or two before your appointment and the medication will take effect by the time you arrive at our office. You’ll remain conscious but enter a state of deep relaxation, helping you get through your treatment stress-free.
Even though you’ll stay responsive during treatment, you won’t remember your experience after it’s over. Keep in mind that if you choose oral conscious sedation, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
IV sedation is Dr. Grubb’s preferred choice because it allows him to control and adjust your sedation level as needed during surgery. The medication is administered directly to your bloodstream, putting you in a state of “twilight sleep” where you’ll be conscious but feel no pain or anxiety.
Much like nitrous oxide, you won’t remember your treatment after it’s over. However, be advised that the effects of IV sedation can linger throughout the day so you’ll need a ride home from your appointment.
When you’re sedated, your reflexes are suppressed and if you have food or beverages in your stomach and become nauseous, you’re more likely to vomit and aspirate. If you eat or drink prior to sedation, your procedure will be canceled.
If you have dental anxiety, tell Dr. Grubb and he’ll educate you about dental sedation techniques. He has over 35 years of experience treating patients, many of them with dental anxiety so you can trust that you’re in good hands with Dr. Grubb.
In addition to following any recommendations by our dentists, you’ll want to refrain from any activities that could physically harm you or another person. Stay hydrated and rest as needed.
Other common side effects of dental sedation include:
Dr. Grubb will be in communication with you throughout your treatment to ensure you’re comfortable and free of pain, so he can adjust the dosage as needed.
If you have dental anxiety, or if you’re undergoing a long and intensive procedure, sedation can improve your treatment experience.
Call our office in Havre de Grace at (410) 939-5800 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Grubb. He’ll be happy to discuss your sedation options and develop a customized treatment plan just for you.