If you have broken, missing, or hurting teeth but find yourself avoiding the dentist because of fear and anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Finding a sedation option that will allow you to receive the dental treatments you need without fear or pain is possible.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry provides a variety of solutions that allow patients with dental anxiety and dental phobias to relax. At Bowser Dentistry, we practice gentle dentistry. York, PA dentist Dr. Bowser is trained in the delivery of a variety of sedation methods and will work closely with you to choose the one that best suits your unique needs.
When choosing a sedation method, it is good to know the levels of sedation that can be reached:
- Minimal sedation: This is the lowest level of sedation; you feel deeply relaxed but are awake and aware.
- Moderate sedation/conscious sedation: This is a deeper level of sedation that may cause you to slur your words and have delayed reaction times. You may not remember your treatment clearly.
Who Can Perform Sedation Dentistry?
As part of our dedication to delivering gentle dentistry, Dr. Bowser has completed the training and accreditation required to perform sedation dentistry. York’s dental board carefully regulates the use of sedation techniques, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Types of Sedation
At Bowser Dentistry, we offer several sedation options. Dr. Bowser will meet with you to decide which one is best for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is a pill that is administered orally and provides a deeper level of relaxation than nitrous oxide. This form of sedation is appropriate for those with moderate or severe dental anxiety. Assistance returning home after treatment is required.
This sedation option is administered through the inhalation of nitrous oxide gas (a.k.a. laughing gas) and works well for those with mild anxiety. This is the most common form of sedation in dentistry. It’s easy to administer and wears off quickly, so patients are able to safely leave the office on their own.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
At Bowser Dentistry, your comfort is York, PA dentist Dr. Bowser’s primary focus, so we have several anxiety and pain-reducing methods available to our patients. One of our most commonly used dental sedation methods is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. You might not be giggling before it’s used, but chances are you won’t feel — or fret — much after you receive it.
Nitrous oxide is perhaps the most sought-after clinical sedative because it offers an ideal experience: a painkiller that induces a euphoric feeling. It is a safe and effective sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. It is odorless, pleasant tasting, and typically begins to work within five minutes.
When laughing gas is first administered, you’ll feel:
- A warm sense of well-being
- Happy or silly
- A tingling sensation
- Numbness in your mouth, hands, or feet
- Hearing changes
You will remain alert and able to respond to Dr. Bowser’s requests and questions while breathing nitrous oxide. It’s an effective option for increasing comfort, because relaxation occurs quickly and the depth of sedation can be increased or decreased, which few other sedation techniques allow.
Who Can Use Nitrous Oxide?
Laughing gas is appropriate for adults and children alike; however, children must be able to leave the soft nosepiece on and follow directions from the dentist.
Laughing gas may not be appropriate for you if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have a stuffy nose
- Have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Suffer from congestive heart failure
- Have a recent head injury
- Have an ear infection
- Are taking medicine for a psychiatric condition
The effects of nitrous oxide begin to wear off shortly after you start breathing oxygen again. It can take up to 15 minutes after the gas supply is stopped to feel normal again, so if you opt for this sedation method, you should be able to drive home after the procedure.
Who can undergo sedation and who is it appropriate for?
- Have a low pain threshold
- Struggle with sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex
- Need extensive work that requires multiple treatments; sedation dentistry allows the treatments to be done in fewer visits
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If you think sedation dentistry could help you achieve a pain-free, beautiful smile, call 717.757.3474 to set up an appointment with York, PA dentist Dr. Bowser today to find out more about your options and our treatments.