3 Questions About Various Dental Sedation Methods

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Do you need a dental procedure but are nervous about having it done? You may need dental sedation to help you get through it. Here are a few questions about the various methods available.

Can You Drive A Vehicle When Using Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation can be a great way to calm your nerves and help you go through with a dental procedure. Unfortunately, the process of using oral sedation can be a bit difficult. You need to take the medication prior to your appointment so that it can kick in, and once you do that, it is not safe to drive a vehicle. This means that you need to find some sort of alternate transportation to get to the dentist office, by either asking a friend or paying for a cab. It's a small inconvenience, but it will allow you to experience the benefits of being calm before your appointment.

Will IV Sedation Really Leave You With No Memory Of The Procedure?

For a major procedure that needs to be done, such as wisdom teeth removal, you may be recommended IV sedation from your dentist. One of the side effects of using IV sedation is that you will not remember much of what happens during the procedure, causing you to wake up in a recovery area. This can be either a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. While you won't remember a thing, it is easy to have anxiety about the side effect or memory loss that would prevent you from going through with the procedure. Just keep in mind that IV sedation is safe when used under the care of your dentist and can be the best way to get through a difficult procedure. 

Does Nitrous Oxide Really Make You Laugh?

A common form of dental sedation used for basic procedures is nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing due to its commonly known side effect. This is due to many people feeling euphoria when they use the gas, which can make them giggle. However, the purpose of using nitrous oxide is not to cause you to laugh but to feel relaxed. 

In addition, nitrous oxide won't have the side effects that other forms of dental sedation have. It wears off immediately, so you can safely drive a car after the procedure is finished. You will also remember a lot of the procedure, so you won't have to deal with memory loss and not really knowing what happened to you.

Contact a dentist who practices sedation dentistry for more information.


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