Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you drive by any Aledo cosmetic dental practice?
Many Ft. Worth residents who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry chose to use sedation. Though the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is sometimes called. Nitrous oxide has been used in Ft. Worth cosmetic dental offices for generations because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation and relaxes the patient during the procedure, but it wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental treatment, but you don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be your best option.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as quickly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually produce complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Aledo dentists are diazepam and triazolam.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call The Parkway Dentist at 817-769-2763.