You need not worry about pain during procedures at Family Dental Care in Beaverton, Oregon. Not only are our routines straightforward and safe, but we have a variety of sedation methods to choose from to make you as comfortable as possible.
Do you suffer from dental anxiety? We can help. Sedation dentistry uses medication, such as anesthesia or sedatives, to help patients relax during dental procedures, according to WebMD.com. At our practice, we offer local anesthesia, oral sedation, and laughing gas.
Oral sedation will produce the lightest form of sedation by ingesting a pill. You will become groggy, but you will still be awake. This is the most common type of sedation and the easiest to undergo.
Local Anesthesia numbs a specific part of the body for a procedure. Unlike general and regional anesthesia, local anesthesia does not put you to sleep. It also wears off fairly quickly, so it is used only for shorter procedures such as removing wisdom teeth.
Your doctor will begin the procedure by injecting you with a local anesthetic. This will numb the area in which they are working to minimize any discomfort. Local anesthetic can be combined with sedation methods such as oral conscious sedation and laughing gas for a completely relaxing and stress-free experience.
Laughing gas is a safe and effective sedative method. The gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. Laughing gas is odorless, colorless, and places you in a deeply relaxed state. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have.
With laughing gas, you do not need to inhale deeply. Just breath as normal and enjoy a calm procedure. The effects wear off shortly after the procedure is done.
Be sure to tell your dentist about any allergies, pregnancy, deficiencies, or illnesses you may have. We want to make your experience as safe and comfortable as possible. Dizziness, drowsiness, and slow reflexes may be other side effects of sedation. If any of them seem excessive or if they persist, please tell your dentist.