Sedation Dentistry in Pembroke
Relax During Your Dental Appointment
Nervousness and anxiety at the dentist are common. But avoiding your routine dental maintenance because of these feelings can take a toll on your long-term oral health. That’s why Dr. Munro and our expert team have years of training in sedation dentistry. This revolutionary treatment is ideal for letting our patients relax while our team provides any number of services.
Read more about sedation dentistry with Dr. Munro by exploring our guide below.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a form of dentistry that involves the administration of clinically proven medications that relax your muscles and your mind. We often use sedation dentistry for our patients for extensive procedures, sensitive teeth or gag reflexes, and general dental anxiety. Plus, we have three options that allow you to relax to your specific comfort level.
If you’re unsure whether or not you suffer from dental anxiety, watch out for the following symptoms:
- Increased sweating
- Heightened heart rate
- Short, shallow breathing
Any of the above symptoms can make your routine dental appointments more stressful than they need to be. Thankfully, you can discuss your options for dental sedation at your consultation with Dr. Munro.
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Oral sedation involves taking a medication by mouth that puts you in a deep state of relaxation. We’ll administer this type of sedation at least one hour in advance, so it’ll have time to take effect before your procedure. While oral sedation doesn’t actually put you to sleep, you won’t feel any pain or remember the procedure when it’s finished.
Because it takes some time for the effects to wear off, you’ll need to arrange for someone you trust to drive you to and from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, has been a popular form of sedation for many years. By simply breathing in the gas through a small nasal mask, you’ll feel relaxed with light sedation that’ll keep you comfortable in the dental chair. You’ll remain conscious and responsive throughout your treatment, although you won’t remember it when you wake up.
Nitrous oxide wears off faster than oral sedation, but we still recommend having someone accompany you home from your appointment.
General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation we offer. We generally only use this option for extensive procedures, such as dental implants or periodontal services. Additionally, our team takes extra care to ensure your safety throughout your treatment.
Beyond needing a ride home, you may have to stay in the hospital briefly after undergoing general anesthesia to make sure you don’t experience any side effects. Thankfully, Dr. Munro is one of only a few dentists in the area who offer hospital privileges for general anesthesia patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is sedation safe?
As long as it’s administered by a licensed dentist such as Dr. Munro, sedation is completely safe. He’ll monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure they remain stable. In the unlikely event that any issues arise, he’ll stop your treatment and reverse the sedation at once.
Certain health conditions such as obesity or sleep apnea may lead to complications from sedation. Make sure to inform Dr. Munro of any medical conditions that you have so he can determine if sedation is safe for you.
Will I be unconscious?
If you choose nitrous oxide or oral sedation, you’ll remain awake and responsive throughout the procedure. However, you’ll be deeply relaxed and likely won’t remember your treatment later. This state of consciousness is often referred to as “twilight sleep.”
For especially intensive procedures that require the patient to stay still, we also offer general anesthesia. This is the only form of sedation at our practice that will actually knock you unconscious. If you’re given general anesthesia for your treatment, Dr. Munro is one of only a few dentists in the area who offers hospital privileges to ensure you’re safe and free of complications.
Does sedation have any long-term effects?
For most forms of sedation, the potential for long-term effects is extremely low. If you choose nitrous oxide for your sedation, the effects are reversed immediately after treatment. Oral conscious sedation may leave you feeling groggy and you’ll need a ride home from your appointment, but the effects will wear off within a few hours.
General anesthesia is a much stronger form of sedation that takes longer to wear off and can lead to complications in some cases. That’s why we only use this option as a last resort and will carefully supervise you throughout your treatment to ensure no problems arise.