You probably hear the term sedation dentistry quite often when you start looking for a dentist but you might not have any idea what it means. In this entry, we will go over the basics of what sedation dentistry is, how it works, and why it might be the right choice for you. If you need sedation dentistry or any other dental services, including restorations, dental implants, periodontal disease treatment, or a dental checkup, call Doctor Nahel Yanni, D.D.S. in East Brunswick today! Dr. Yanni and his wonderful staff can get your smile back into shape and make your teeth feel better.

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Sedation dentistry is a relatively simple concept: a dentist administers a sedative to the patient before they begin the dental work in order to relax the patient. While many people feel some trepidation when going to the dentist, there are some cases where people will refuse having their teeth looked at for years because of their fear, panic, and anxiety about dental work. In order to help patients overcome this fear, and because dental health is so important to the overall health of the human body, dentists have found safe ways to manage the stress of their patients. Sedation dentistry can help people deal with everything from simple nervousness regarding dental care all the way up to patients who have severe levels of anxiety about a trip to the dentist.

What Types of Sedation Dentistry Are There?

There are several types of sedation available to you if you feel that you need it.

Oral Conscious Sedation — This method is a pill that will be prescribed to the patient by Dr. Yanni before the dental appointment. You simply take it as directed either the night before your appointment or before you arrive at the office, and you will feel much more relaxed (even though you are still awake) during your treatment.

Inhaled Conscious Sedation — Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is another method of sedation dentistry that can help you handle your anxiety and stress about going to the dentist.

IV Conscious Sedation — If you have extreme anxiety about the dentist, IV sedation might be the answer for you. Dr. Yanni will administer an intravenous sedative so you can fully relax before your treatment.

If you have a lot of stress, fear, or panicked feelings about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry will be able to help you. Not only is it important for you to have your teeth checked and cleaned frequently in order to maintain your oral health, the health of the rest of your body depends on having a healthy mouth. Without good oral health, your body can get sick in ways that don’t seem to be connected to your teeth: heart problems and giving birth prematurely are just two examples.

Sedation dentistry is also great if you have to have more than one procedure done at once.

Call Dr. Nahel Yanni in East Brunswick today to find out how our sedation dentistry services can help keep your smile healthy!