Fear is a powerful emotion that can eclipse reason and stop you from getting much-needed medical attention. If you have experienced a dental emergency or want to enhance your smile's looks, a sedation dentist in Las Vegas can help you overcome your anxiety during treatment. Learn which types of sedation are available at our office and what benefits you experience as a patient thanks to this method.

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Different Types of Sedation

Oral Sedation

As the name suggests, you take oral sedation through your mouth, usually in the form of a pill. If you and your dentist decide on this type of sedation, you have to take the medication at least an hour before the procedure for it to take effect. Always stay in your dentist's office after you swallow the pill, as with time, you start feeling groggy and have trouble standing. Once the dentist double-checks you don't feel any discomfort, you're ready to undergo any procedure stress-free. However, oral sedation doesn't work as general anesthesia, so you aren't asleep during the procedure.

Some common types of drugs used for conscious oral sedation are:  

  • Midazolam
  • Propofol
  • Dexmedetomidine

IV Conscious Sedation

IV conscious sedation is a better fit for those who have trouble swallowing pills or don't have time to attend their dentist's office an hour before their appointment. In this method, also known as drip sedation, a dental professional works hand in hand with an anesthesiologist to rid you of pain and fear. Your dentist injects a needle into your arm, and the anesthesiologist adjusts the anesthesia doses from start to finish. You're conscious throughout the procedure and might feel dizzy or sleepy until the effects wear off.

Regardless of your chosen method, sedation provides several advantages for people who suffer from dental anxiety, are vulnerable to pain, or have a sensitive gag reflex.  

Benefits of Using Sedation

Relieves Stress and Anxiety

Some people are scared of the dark or heights, but for others, having a tooth pulled out or getting a root canal is the worst scenario imaginable. Since 50% to 80% of adults in the US experience some degree of dental anxiety, sedation is the perfect solution to ease any troubles at the dentist's office. When oral or IV conscious sedation is an option, you can turn off any scary thoughts during the procedure and go home without having experienced an inch of discomfort.  

Makes the Procedure Pain-free

Not only does sedation get rid of anxiety, but it's also very effective to manage pain. During some procedures, such as dental cleanings or oral exams, your dentist only interacts with superficial tooth layers that aren't sensitive to pain. However, in more invasive procedures, dental tools come into contact with the pulp cavity containing nerves and vessels, resulting in aching and discomfort. Sedation numbs oral tissue, so you don't feel a thing while your dentist works their magic.  

Deals with a Sensitive Gag Reflex

Finally, sedation is helpful for people who can't undergo an oral procedure because they have a sensitive gag reflex. When the tissue at the back of your mouth reacts easily to touch, you might gag and even throw up at the dentist, so getting sedation is a good call.

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Are You Looking for a Sedation Dentist in Las Vegas?

Be it to relieve anxiety and pain or stop your gag reflex, our team can help you undergo any procedure thanks to sedation. Please give us a call today to book a visit.