Going to the dentist can be a frightful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With sedation dentistry , you can feel relaxed and get through a procedure without fear. Sedation dentistry uses nitrous oxide, or IV sedation that is constantly regulated to keep the patient calm but never completely unconscious. By keeping the patient in a calm state, they are less apprehensive of the procedure and are less likely to make sudden movements, which could cause the procedure to take longer.
With sedation dentistry, procedures take less time and patients recover quickly. Their relaxed state also dulls the sensation of discomfort, so procedures don’t hurt. Side effects from using sedation usually include grogginess, but this fades pretty quickly after the sedation is turned off. Children especially can benefit from sedation dentistry, and only specially certified dentists can perform sedation for children, as it is a precise balancing act.