Oral Health ABCs: Sedation Dentistry

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Are you in need of sedation dentistry to help you stay calm and relaxed when visiting your dentist for oral health care treatments? Do you often find yourself stressed or afraid due to loud noises or general fears that you may have from visiting your dentist? If so, consider the use of a sedative to help treat your anxiety.

Sedation dentistry is designed to administer sedatives to a patient who struggles with pain, stress, or fear. The level of sedation required will often dictate which sedation dentistry service would best suit you and your needs. A sedative can be administered via gas, orally or via an injection.

Gas sedation typically uses nitrous oxide to help a patient relax for mild treatments and pain-free visits. Oral sedation dosages can be adjusted to allow patient to be free of pain and even put to sleep. However, oral sedation may take up to one hour before it kicks in. For a super-fast alternative, switch to intravenous sedation which is administered directly into your bloodstream. For the deepest level of sedation, considered general anesthesia, which can put a patient completely to sleep for complex treatments from which they will not awake until the sedative has completely worn off.

If you are looking to improve your smile with sedation dentistry or any other procedure at Theriot Family Dental Care, you are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. John Theriot and our team at our dentist office in Lafayette, Louisiana. We can be reached at 337-984-3408. Oral health care just keeps getting better!