Of the many procedures we offer at Dental Center of Norcross, very few require that a patient be sedated. We always make sure that it is an option, however, especially when patients are nervous about their procedures or have a history of adverse reactions to dental work. At Dental Center of Norcross, we offer both IV and oral sedation, and unlike most other implant centers, we can even provide general anesthesia for patients who are unable to undergo these options.
The vast majority of our patients report experiencing little or no pain during or even after having received procedures at Dental Center of Norcross. We understand, however, that not every patient’s tolerance for pain or level of nervousness is the same. In many cases, however, sedation — and oral sedation in particular — can be a useful tool in that it provides patients with the peace of mind they need to remain relaxed during a procedure. And a comfortable patient is all the more likely to have a safe, pain-free, effective procedure.
What is Oral Sedation?
Simply put, “oral sedation” — sometimes called “pill sedation — is one of the three main ways that dentists sedate their patients, the others being intravenous (IV) sedation and nitrous oxide sedation, which we sometimes refer to as “laughing gas.” Unlike these latter two forms of sedation, when undergoing oral sedation, patients take a pill some time before the procedure.
The oral sedative that they take is most often a type of benzodiazepine — valium or Xanax, for instance — and so patients must be approved by their doctor to use these types of medications. Benzodiazepines work by blocking receptors in the parts of the brain responsible for registering anxiety and fear. It is recommended that patients who experience anxiety during dental procedures undergo oral sedation for their comfort, but also to ensure that the procedure can be carried out safely and without any sudden movements, for example.
The Benefits of Oral Sedation
There are many advantages associated with oral sedation before a dental procedure. Among these are:
- Oral sedatives are significantly more straightforward to administer than the other common sedatives used in sedation dentistry.
- Along these same lines, oral sedation is needle-free, which is an advantage in the sense that needles can be a cause of particular apprehension for many patients who get nervous before dental procedures.
- We only use mild doses of sedatives that are FDA-approved, which makes oral sedation a safe procedure, especially relative to more invasive types of sedation dentistry.
- Patients who have undergone pill sedation are drowsy during their procedure, but they are also responsive, which can be an advantage over other kinds of sedation dentistry in terms of both comfort and safety.
- Finally, in some cases, oral sedation results in only foggy memories of the procedure itself, which can be an advantage in that it does not increase anxiety the next time a patient has to undergo a procedure.
Although there are some disadvantages associated with oral sedation in dentistry — sedation levels cannot be adjusted during the procedure, patients cannot drive themselves to and from their procedure — the advantages are, for most patients, very clear.
Learn More at Dental Center of Norcross
Oral sedation dentistry is not for every patient. But if your trips to the dentist are a source of anxiety for you, it might be right for you. At Dental Center of Norcross, we have a long history of helping patients through a wide range of procedures, from simple cleanings and check-ups through major dental surgeries, including full-mouth reconstruction. If you or someone you care about needs quality dentistry in the Norcross, GA area, you need to look no further than Dental Center of Norcross. Reach out to us online today or call 678.504.6422 for a free consultation.