Does your heart start pounding at the mere 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. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are usually used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s discuss the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is often called. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dental offices for many years because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the process, 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 may be the wisest option.
NuCalm is a drug-free method of relaxing patients for dental procedures. It combines GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) with soothing music and light-blocking glasses for an effective period of relaxation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually result in complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most prevalent sedatives used by Fargo dentists are diazepam and triazolam.
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