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Sedation has many benefits when used in a dental practice. It can help restless patients stay still for procedures that could take a long time. However, in many cases, sedation is offered to those with strong dental phobias or anxieties. Thanks to these treatments, people who once avoided dental care at all costs can now get the expert attention they need and enjoy a relaxing experience. If you would like sedation to be used at your next appointment, get in touch with Little Rock Family Dental Care today.
If we decide that oral conscious sedation is necessary, we’ll give you a pill along with instructions before the day of the procedure. You’ll take the pill at a set time before your appointment so that you’ll be completely comfortable once the treatment itself begins. As the name suggests, you’ll still be awake, but afterward, you may not remember much of what happened during the visit.
Many patients only need minimal sedation. At this level, you’ll feel calm, but you’ll remain conscious and aware. The nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask that you’ll wear throughout the procedure. We can increase or decrease the amount of nitrous oxide you receive depending on your comfort level. Once the mask has been removed at the end of your visit, the effects will wear off within a few minutes; you should be able to continue the rest of your day as normal.
This advanced form of sedation is delivered straight to your bloodstream through an injection, ensuring that it takes effect quickly. You will be deeply relaxed; you may even fall asleep, although we could still wake you up easily. Like with oral conscious sedation, the medication will likely have an amnesiac effect, so you won’t recall the procedure itself later. Be sure to make arrangements for a trusted person to drive you home afterward.