Helping patients remain comfortable and relaxed during treatment is one of our primary goals at Sango Family Dentistry. We use effective methods of sedation to make this goal possible.
Sedation refers to medicine that is provided for the purpose of reducing pain and anxiety before and during dental treatment. Many dental procedures are made more comfortable with just a little bit of help from sedative medicine. We are always very cautious when using sedation, and each dose is carefully measured to ensure that the patient receives the best possible results.
Some of the dental procedures that typically warrant the use of sedation include most oral surgeries, periodontal treatments and services, teeth extractions and root canal procedures. Our practice offers local anesthesia, oral sedation, IV sedation, general anesthesia and laughing gas.
Local anesthesia is numbing medicine that is applied by injection to the site of dental work shortly prior to treatment. A local anesthetic will numb the immediate area where it is applied and prevent the patient from experiencing pain during a procedure. This medicine is strictly for managing pain, and it will not directly reduce a patient’s anxiety.
Oral sedation refers to sedative medicine that is provided in the form of a pill shortly prior to treatment. Once the medicine takes effect, the patient will be made less susceptible to pain, and any anxiety will be greatly reduced. The patient may be less aware of their surroundings while the medicine is in effect.
IV sedation is medicine that is provided for a patient through an IV. The medicine will go into action very quickly, and it will have strong effects. The patient will become less susceptible to pain, and they will be more accepting of receiving dental treatment. The medicine will wear off fairly quickly once the treatment is complete.
General anesthesia is medicine that is designed to allow a patient to sleep during dental treatment. The patient will experience no pain or discomfort, and they will have no recollection of the treatment being performed.
Laughing gas is a sedative medicine that is provided in the form of an inhaled gas. The substance is safe for patients of all ages, and it takes effect very quickly. After a patient has inhaled the gas, they will be less aware of any pain or discomfort, and any feelings of anxiety will be dismissed. The medicine wears off fast, and the patient can continue on with their day as normal following treatment.
Stay relaxed and comfortable during your next dental treatment with sedation. We invite you to ask our dental care experts more about the methods of sedation we offer during your next visit to Sango Family Dentistry. Please call us at (931) 201-9218 to schedule an appointment.