Different sedation techniques to reduce anxiety about dental treatments

Many people feel so anxious about going to the dentist for treatment that they would rather have poor dental health or endure pain than face the source of their stress.

However, there are ways that these people can feel more comfortable and prepare for dental treatments that can improve their quality of life with greater confidence. Several sedation techniques can be used to help anxious patients relax before and during oral or maxillofacial surgery.

Sedation by nitrous oxide inhalation

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, can be used to help anxious patients relax during dental treatments. When the patient inhales this gas and oxygen mixture through a mask, he or she can experience a feeling of relaxation in just a few minutes.

The effects of nitrous oxide are very mild and fade quickly once the gas is administered. Patients under sedation by inhalation of laughing gas can even drive themselves home after the procedure.

Reduce anxiety with oral sedation

Oral sedation consists of taking a prescribed dose of oral sedative before the dental procedure. Depending on the case and the instructions given by the dentist, the anxious patient may take one pill the night before and another one an hour before the procedure. This type of sedation allows you to stay awake during the procedure, while providing a sense of relaxation.

Depending on the type of sedative used, it is possible that patients have little or no memory of their surgery. Sometimes, the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate and breathing are monitored while under oral sedation. The sedative leaves people in a sleepy state that could make driving a car unsafe. However, the effects of oral sedatives should be dissipated within hours of taking them.

Intravenous sedation to reduce stress

During intravenous sedation, the drug is administered directly into the patient’s veins. In addition to providing almost immediate effects, this sedation technique allows the surgeon to have greater control over the medication and its effects.

Intravenous sedation reduces stress and discomfort and will even cause drowsiness and amnesia. The patient is effectively placed in a state of semi-consciousness, allowing them to respond to the dentist’s instructions when necessary.

Intravenous sedation provides a deeper sedation than other techniques. This technique is the best choice to guarantee the most comfortable treatment.

Find out more about sedation from the Clinique MFML professionals

In conclusion, these different sedation techniques can help relax patients who suffer from anxiety at the thought of undergoing dental treatment. They can even help the dentist get the job done faster. Don’t delay your next visit due to a high level of anxiety and discuss sedation when you contact Clinique MFML.

At Clinique MFML, our surgeons are trained to safely perform intravenous sedation with their specialized education and extensive medical knowledge. There is therefore no danger in requesting it. For younger children, Clinique MFML also offers oral sedation.

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