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Sedation Dentistry: Will I remember anything?

sedation dentistry McKinneySedation dentistry can be helpful for patients who have significant fear around seeing the dentist. Not only does sedation deeply relax patients during the appointment, it also erases any memory of treatment, reducing the risk of experiences that could exacerbate the anxiety.

Different types of sedation will be suitable in different circumstances. It’s important to understand all of the options available to you and work with your dentist to choose the one that is best for you. You also may need to take certain steps to plan for your appointment with sedation dentistry.

Benefits Of Sedation

One of the main benefits of sedation dentistry is that the anti-anxiety medications used have an amnestic effect. This means that they erase any memory of what happens while the patient is under sedation. This prevents the recollection of experiences that could add to a patient’s dental fear.

In addition to not retaining any memory of treatment, patients who choose sedation dentistry gain other benefits during their treatment, such as:

  • Relaxed mental state: The sedation drugs help the client achieve a state of deep relaxation.
  • Maintained consciousness: Although patients feel like they are asleep while under the influence of sedation, they actually remain awake and able to respond to commands from the provider.
  • Altered sense of the passage of time: Patients lose their sense of time, which means that sedation can help them tolerate longer treatment sessions.

Types Of Sedation

Our practice offers a number of options for sedation, including:

  • Nitrous oxide: A gas is inhaled through a mask to relax the patient quickly while in the office. Its effects are reversed quickly as well.
  • Oral sedation: The patient takes an anti-anxiety medication in pill form prior to coming to our office.
  • IV sedation: The sedation drugs are delivered intravenously. Their effects will not be reversed before the patient leaves the appointment.

We will discuss all of the options thoroughly with you so that you can choose the one most suitable for your unique case. We will also give you instructions on any preparation steps that may be necessary.

To learn more about our practice’s approaches to sedation dentistry, call Thompson Dental and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.

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