Sedation during dentistry is a common and effective practice for patients whose phobias prevent them from visiting the dentist. If you’ve chosen sedation for your dental procedure, any of the following may be a part of your visit, depending on the method taken to promote relaxation.

Before your Appointment

It’s a good idea to wear loose or comfortable clothing during your appointment so you can feel as relaxed as possible. If you’re recovering from a cold or generally not feeling well, it may be better to schedule your sedation appointment for a time when you’ve recovered. For patients who select oral conscious sedation, the process can include taking a dose of medication at home. This helps to ease the feeling of anxiety that some feel before they even enter a dental office. In this case, it’s necessary to make plans for a companion to drive you to your appointment.

During your Procedure

If utilizing nitrous oxide, Dr. Cho will place a small mask over your nose, which allows you to inhale the laughing gas. This medication takes effect quickly and creates feelings of relaxation so your procedure can begin. For patients who are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, nitrous oxide can also be added to an oral conscious sedation regimen to better create feelings of ease.

During the use of oral conscious sedation, Dr. Cho can determine how you’re feeling when you first enter the office and if a second dosage of medication is warranted. If so, we’ll provide you with another pill you can take before your treatment begins to ensure your comfort.

Recovery and Aftercare

The effects of nitrous oxide can be reversed through inhaling pure oxygen, while the oral conscious sedation medication will need to naturally diminish in your system. Patients in the second scenario will need someone to drive them home and will also require the rest of the day to recover. You may feel groggy or sleepy, but this effect will wear off by the next day. Unlike IV sedation, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation do not typically create feelings of nausea in the recovery process.

If you have questions about your upcoming sedation appointment or how sleep dentistry can help create positive experiences at the dentist, contact Dr. John Cho today to learn more about how we can help.

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