Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you see a dental practice?
Many people who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration procedures chose to use sedation. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are frequently used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s consider the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
The first level uses laughing gas as it is commonly called. Laughing gas has been used in cosmetic dental offices for many years because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental services, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, laughing gas may be the wisest option.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as rapidly as laughing gas, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually lead to complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and laughing gas are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most prevalent sedatives used by Boise dentists are diazepam and triazolam.
For more information about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-377-9696.