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If you’re putting off caring for your dental health because you’re nervous about going to the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry might be the answer. This involves the use of a mild sedative to help you relax during whatever type of treatment you might be receiving. Sedation could make all the difference in helping you take care of any sort of dental problem you’re experiencing.

Sedation Vs. Injections

It’s important to note that sedation dentistry is not used to control pain. Injections are used to numb the mouth to keep you from feeling discomfort during a procedure. Sedation is simply used to help calm your anxiety before a procedure begins.

These are just a couple of examples of the different kinds of sedatives that are commonly used.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” this is a mild form of sedation that keeps you relaxed. It’s applied through a mask that circulates a mixture of oxygen and gas. You’ll be asked to breathe through your nose and you’ll notice a slight hint of a sweet aroma. It usually takes about five minutes for sedation to occur.

Oral Sedation

This is a medicine that you take through your mouth. It makes you a little drowsy and keeps you calm. Compared to nitrous oxide, oral sedation typically takes about 20 minutes to take affect. If you choose this option, your dentist will ask you not to drink or eat anything starting a midnight the day of your appointment.

If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, call Angleton Family Dental at (979) 308-4450 or contact us online.