Taking proper care of your mouth is essential for good oral, and overall health. This includes both care at home as well as professional care. However, for some people, the thought of going to the dentist, even for something as simple as a cleaning and exam, can be a frightening concept. You do your best to care for your teeth at home. Despite your best efforts, though, you can still suffer from oral health issues such as gum disease and dental injuries. Without professional treatment, these issues only get worse. At National Dental Upper East Side, we offer oral and IV sedation, helping to ease your anxiety and get the procedures done that you need.
WHY USE SEDATION?
It’s not uncommon to have a fear of going to the dentist. Often, this fear comes about because of a bad experience. Whatever the reason for your anxiety, it can be enough to keep you from getting any dental work done, from a simple cleaning and exam to a serious surgical procedure. Sedation can help to calm your nerves to that you can get your required procedures done. There are several other uses for sedation including:
- You have a low pain tolerance.
- Your teeth are exceptionally sensitive.
- You have difficulty sitting still for any length of time.
- You have a bad gag reflex.
- You need a substantial amount of dental work done, or your procedure will take several hours.
Oral sedation is a form of moderate conscious sedation. Common types of oral sedation include lorazepam, diazepam, and alprazolam. It involves the use of taking a prescription medication by mouth, which works to make you drowsy, as well as completely relaxed. While you are still conscious (just sleepy), you may not remember parts of your procedure.
The procedure for oral sedation is quite simple. You take the prescribed medication approximately one hour before your procedure. It takes about 30 minutes for the medication to take effect, but the exact time varies from person to person. It is important that you have someone to drive you to your appointment as well as home, as the time it takes for the medication to wear off also varies.
BENEFITS OF SEDATION
There are several benefits to sedation dentistry:
- You are made to be completely relaxed.
- You can have all of your dental procedures done, whether it is a cleaning or a surgical procedure.
- Sedation is completely safe.
- You will see a significant improvement in your oral health.
If the thought of a dental visit makes you anxious, sedation dentistry may be able to help. For more information on oral and IV sedation, and what it can do for you, call National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206!