Don't Let Dental Anxiety Stop You
Occasionally a patient may become anxious and can't relax. There are forms of conscious sedation that allow a patient to relax and/or become sleepy. Forms of conscious sedation may involve inhaling a gas, taking an oral medication, getting an injection or receiving medication intravenously.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is most often used for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely.
IV conscious sedation is usually used to help patients relax during surgery or more advanced dental procedures that may take a longer time to complete. During this form of conscious sedation an IV is placed in the patient's vein in order to give the sedative medication.
Patients who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide. With oral sedation, the patient may be sleepy but can be aroused if necessary and can respond to simple commands.
General anesthesia puts a patient into a deep sleep. He or she is unable to feel pain or to move around. General anesthesia may be recommended if the patient can't relax or calm down enough for treatment to be performed safely and for many other reasons.
Dr. Olsen often treats patients who present special challenges related to their age, behavior, medical conditions, or any other special needs. To address these challenges effectively in order to provide "predictable" treatment, your pediatric dentist may recommend treating your child under General Anesthesia.
You may have questions about the different types of sedation dentistry and how safe they are. Please look through our FAQs and see if your questions are answered there. If you have more questions please call us at 916-983-6637.
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