Do you have a dental phobia? Don’t wait until you have an unbearable toothache before scheduling an appointment.
Sedation dentistry can help you relax in the dentist’s chair so you can get the dental care you need for a healthy smile.
Sedation dentistry is a branch of oral care that specializes in giving patients relief from stress and pain through sedation. Depending on your situation, you and your dentist may consider laughing gas, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Your medical history and other unique factors will determine the right choice for you.
Types Of Sedation Dentistry
Laughing gas is nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen. Unlike other types of sedation dentistry, laughing gas wears off quickly so you can drive yourself home or return to work. Laughing gas is also safe to use on patients of all ages. Your dentist is able to administer laughing gas through a mask that fits over your nose.
Oral sedation may make you drowsy enough to fall asleep. However, we’ll be able to easily shake you awake if we need you to cooperate with the dentist. Since oral sedation makes you feel drowsy, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office.
For IV sedation dentistry, we insert an IV line into a vein in the crook of your arm. The IV line will provide a steady flow of medication that ensures your relaxed state for the entire procedure. We closely monitor your vital signs and ensure you are breathing properly.
Ask our Livonia dentists if sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fear of the dentist. To schedule your appointment with us, call Livonia Family Smiles at (734) 525-6100.