Does your heart start pounding at the simple thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you see a dental practice? Many individuals who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration procedures chose to use sedation dentistry in Charlotte. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are frequently used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s explore the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
The first type is referred to as nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is frequently called. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dental offices for decades because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the procedure, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental services, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous oxide may be the best option for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as swiftly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually cause complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most common sedatives used for sedation dentistry in Charlotte are diazepam and triazolam.
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true ‘sleep dentistry.’ Most patients are oblivious to what is occurring in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for care such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile makeovers. This type of sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure.
For more details about sedation dentistry in Charlotte, call Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman at 704-337-8070. Our practice also offers adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, if you’re interested in improving your smile.