Patients with dental anxiety, fear, or phobia can now kiss their worries goodbye thanks to sedation dentistry. At your local New Albany dental clinic, Dr. Ronald Receveur has a warm and relaxed environment where you’ll feel at ease. But when the patient has a more severe case of dental anxiety, a deeper level of sedation may be needed.
Choosing Between Different Sedation Methods
For patients who are can manage their dental anxiety, a light sedation can instantly do the trick. But when a patient is so fearful that he/she would not like to have any recollection of their treatment after the procedure is done, an intravenous, or IV sedation may be the better way to go. Either way, the decision regarding which type of sedation method would be used rests on the patient’s preference.
Additionally, aside from these two options is sedation by way of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which is administered through a small nose piece. It is recommended for short, uncomplicated procedures since its effects wears off within minutes after use.
Usually patients will first try a light sedation but depending on their tolerance upon their next appointment, may ask to be given IV sedation. Under IV sedation, the patient would feel no pain or sensitivity and won’t even notice the noise, tastes or smells around them. This is usually advised for a long treatment session.
So in deciding the type of sedation to avail, the patient must first consider:
- His/her level of dental anxiety or fear
- If he/she prefers to be conscious or unconscious during the treatment
- His/her health history which should be discussed with the dentist
- His/her preferred level of comfort while undergoing the procedure