Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

female dental patient undergoing sedation dentistry

Dental anxiety is very common. Many kids and adults struggle with it to some degree. Even people who are usually calm can get anxious during a complex treatment. Dental sedation makes the experience much less stressful. But is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation Dentistry: Safe for Most Patients

Today, sedation dentistry is perfectly safe for most patients. We’re always cautious and work with you to determine what type of sedation dentistry is the best fit. Certain patients can’t undergo sedation, like pregnant women and people with certain medical issues. We will always go over the risks and prioritize your safety.

Types of Dental Sedation

There are two main types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, puts you in a relaxed, happy state. We’ll put a mask over your nose and after a few minutes, the effects kick in. They wear off a few minutes after the mask is removed. This is a good option if you have mild dental anxiety. Most of the time, you’ll even be able to drive yourself home.

With oral conscious sedation, you’ll take a pill that relaxes you right before your procedure. Sometimes, people are so relaxed they fall asleep, but the medication doesn’t put you under. Oral conscious sedation takes longer to wear off, so you’ll need someone to drive you home.

Sedation Dentistry at Jones Creek Family Dentistry

At our Baton Rouge office, we understand that dental work can be intimidating, so we’re committed to your comfort. For treatments that use a local anesthetic, we have a special device that prevents you from feeling the pinch of the needle. Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from getting the care you need! If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or our services, please contact us today.

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