4 Types of Sedation Dentistry for Comfortable Visits

Here at Dr. Eastman’s office, we know that visiting the dentist can cause serious anxiety for some of our patients. Because we want you to enjoy every visit with us and get the dental treatment you need regardless of your fear, we offer sedation dentistry in Bradenton, FL. As a qualified periodontist, Dr. Eastman wants you to understand the four different types of sedation dentistry that you can choose from during your visit.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is commonly used in dental offices to help patients relax. A mask is placed over the nose and mouth, and you simply breathe in the gas. The gas helps you feel numb, relaxed, and even euphoric, although you are completely awake during your procedure. Nitrous oxide is very easy to control, making it a commonly used and safe option for sedation dentistry.

Oral Sedation

Before your appointment, you will be given anti-anxiety medications that help you relax and stay calm during your treatment. You may take the pill up to an hour before your procedure. It’s important you have someone to drive you home afterward, as you may feel drowsy once treatment is complete.

IV Sedation

One tried-and-true method for relaxing in the dental chair is IV sedation dentistry. Using medication placed through an IV, this puts you in a deep state of relaxation. IV sedation is particularly effective for patients who don’t numb easily with a local anesthetic.

Local Anesthetic

With a local anesthetic, certain areas of the mouth are numbed before treatment starts in order to avoid pain. You may stay numb for several hours after treatment, but local anesthetic has no lasting side effects to worry about.

Which Is Right for You?

We recognize that every patient is different, and your fears and anxieties are unique to your experiences. Dr. Eastman will discuss your options with you before your treatment is scheduled to help you make the right decision. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


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