The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose sedation dentistry?
Only you and your Dr. Zechmann can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with our dentist at River Landing Dentistry to discuss which sedation best meets your needs. Dr. Zechmann currently offers nitrous oxide analgesia and minimal sedation. In the near future, we will offer moderate oral sedation. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.
What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?
That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral minimal sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Additional nitrous will be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of relaxation.
Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?
Yes, Dr. Zechmann will review these at your initial consult appointment.