Sedation Dentistry in Mandeville, LA
Alvarez Dental in Mandeville, LA, is pleased to offer sedation dentistry services. There are many reasons why sedation dentistry may be a good fit for you. If you would like more information about sedation dentistry or want to schedule an appointment, you can reach us at CONTACT INFORMATION.
Reasons for Sedation Dentistry
Each patient is different. Your health needs and reason for choosing sedation dentistry are unique to you. Here are some of the reasons patients opt for sedation dentistry:
- Special Needs
For both children and adults with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, and other special needs, what most would consider a routine procedure can be extremely overwhelming. Sometimes, in this case, it is better for the patient’s safety to utilize sedation dentistry.
Some patients have an extreme fear of dentists and dental procedures. This is very common, but it shouldn’t stop you from taking care of your oral health! Sedation dentistry allows for necessary healthcare without the patient suffering.
- Dentist Recommendation
There are some other cases where the dentist may recommend that a patient consider sedation dentistry. Reasons could include the type or length of a needed procedure, or particular concerns relating to your medical history.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are three types of sedation used for sedation dentistry:
- Laughing Gas
Delivered through a mask that sits over your mouth and nose, laughing gas is the lightest form of sedation. Its effects wear off quickly because you are aware and awake during the procedure.
- Oral Sedation
For oral sedation, a pill is given that causes extreme drowsiness. You will not be completely asleep and can comply with requests by yourself. You may want to sleep afterwards, and you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment as it is unsafe to drive before the medication completely wears off.
- IV Sedation
When using IV sedation, you will be completely unconscious during the procedure. The medication is placed directly into the bloodstream through an IV line inside the bend of your elbow. You will be groggy afterwards and will need someone to drive you home.