Sedation Dentistry with Dr. Munro
For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, going to the dentist is a stressful experience. In severe cases, patients will refuse to visit the dentist at all out of fear or extreme discomfort.
Obviously, regular dental visits are vital to your health and can’t be skipped no matter how bad your phobia is. That’s why we offer three forms of sedation at Parkview Dental to help you relax and get the treatment you need.
Oral sedation involves taking a medication that puts you in a deep state of relaxation. The medication is typically administered at least an hour in advance so it has time to take effect before your procedure. It’s important to note that oral sedation doesn’t actually put you to sleep, but 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 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 the gas through a small nasal mask, you’ll feel a relaxed and lightheaded sedation that will keep you comfortable in the dental chair. You’ll remain conscious and responsive throughout your treatment, though you won’t remember it when you wake up.
Nitrous oxide wears off faster than oral sedation, but we still recommend that you don’t drive home from your appointment.
General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation we offer, the only one that knocks you completely unconscious. This is only used for particularly intensive procedures that require complete relaxation from the patient to ensure safety.
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. Dr. Munro is one of the few dentists in the area who offers hospital privileges for general anesthesia patients, taking extra care to make sure you’re supervised and safe throughout your treatment.