Sedation dentistry has become more popular in recent years. If you are feeling anxious about a dental procedure, do not hesitate to ask your Baton Rouge dentist to administer some form of sedation to help you to remain calm and relaxed during your dental appointment.
Many people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they often neglect the care of their teeth. If you feel stressed at even the thought of sitting in a dental chair, sedation can help take away some of the anxiety. Sedation can be used for almost every procedure. Nitrous oxide is a popular form of sedation that people request often. This gas is combined with oxygen. When a mask is placed over your nose, you breathe the gas calmly and enjoy a very relaxing effect. Your dentist has complete control over the amount of gas you receive; therefore an overdose is impossible. One advantage to this form of sedation is that it wears off quickly and you may drive home.
If you are not comfortable with the inhalation sedation, you may prefer taking a pill. The dentist may administer a drug from the same family as Valium to be taken one hour before the procedure. Usually, this type of drug will cause drowsiness although you may still be awake. Some people actually fall asleep with oral sedation. Driving is not recommended.
In addition to the sedatives listed above, a numbing medication or local anesthetic is administered in the area where the dentist is working to insure that the procedure does not cause any discomfort.
Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Grand for an appointment. Your fears will vanish with the sedation procedures available for the comfort of his patients.