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It is quite common to feel a little nervous in the dentist’s chair. Most patients feel somewhat uneasy during their visit. For some patients however, an appointment is not only unpleasant, but very highly anxiety-inducing. If visiting the dentist causes extreme anxiety, or you have been putting off dental work because of anxiety, sedation dentistry is a great option for you. River Harmony Dental is pleased to offer sedation dentistry options, including Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation, Intravenous Sedation, and weighted blankets to help ease your anxiety so you can receive the dental care you need.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is a great way of keeping you calm and relaxed during your dental procedure. Through the use of sedatives and comfort measures, taking care of your oral health does not need to be stressful or painful. For many patients with severe anxiety, sedation dentistry can be the difference between getting dental care and avoiding it completely.

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Types of Sedation Dentistry Offered at River Harmony Dental

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Nitrous Oxide

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Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, provides light sedation for moderately anxious patients, or anyone who might benefit from feeling more relaxing during their dental visit. Administered through a mask worn over the nose, patients breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which helps them relax and remain calm and comfortable during dental treatment.

Oral Sedation

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Oral sedation provides light to moderate sedation to anxious patients. Administered by taking one or two prescribed pills of a sedation medication before your procedure, it is strong enough to bring about a feeling of sleepiness, and therefore a more relaxed state, ultimately helping to alleviate stress or anxiety connected to undergoing dental work. An initial dose is usually taken about one hour before your procedure. Sometimes there may be additional dosing taken on the night before your procedure to help with any anxiety-related insomnia. You and your dentist will decide on the appropriate amount of medication for you, based on things like your dental procedure, body mass, length of appointment, and your comfort level. Patients remain conscious enough throughout, and they can follow the dentist’s instructions.

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IV Sedation

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Sometimes, an intravenous method of sedation is more suitable. IV sedation is administered to the patient through the bloodstream, through a carefully placed IV in the vein, which takes effect immediately. With this method, also known as twilight sleep, your dentist is able to adjust dosage from minimal (where you will feel relaxed but still able to talk and follow verbal commands), to deep (you probably will not remember the procedure). This allows patients to still be awake during the procedure but feel no pain. It also allows the dentist the ability to administer another drug to walk you up later on. The other IV Sedation option is General Anesthesia, which is relatively uncommon and used only if a patient requires significant oral surgery or is resistant to other forms of sedation. General anesthesia is performed at a hospital or specialized clinic with either a nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist administering the sedative and monitoring your vital signs throughout.

Weighted Blankets

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Weighted blankets use deep pressure touch stimulation, which is thought to stimulate the production of a mood-boosting hormone (serotonin), which reduces the stress hormone (cortisol), thereby decreasing heart rate and reducing blood pressure. A weighted blanket may help to significantly reduce stress and anxiety, so you feel more comfortable during your dental procedure. For those who feel safer and more relaxed when a heavy x-ray bib is draped on them, a weighted blanket might be enough to effectively alleviate apprehension and stress while at the dentist, so you can receive the dental care you need.

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