When you go to the dentist for a procedure, the dentist will usually provide sedation of some sort to help you relax and block any pain that you may feel. Among the types of sedation that our dentists at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, have to choose from, enteral sedation, or conscious sedation, is a popular choice.
Enteral sedation allows patients to stay conscious during procedures without any pain. This type of sedation combines an oral medication with a local anesthetic and laughing gas to put you in a relaxed, comfortable state. With enteral sedation, the patient’s breathing is normal, and they can respond to questions from the dental staff. However, they may not be able to remember having the procedure.
When our dentists at All Smiles Dental Care give you this type of sedation, they start you out by hooking you up to a monitoring device to track your vital signs. Next, you get a dose of a sedative, a benzodiazepine, and relax as it takes effect.
As it starts to work, you will receive headphones, and music is turned on for you, or the dentist may have a television that you can watch and listen to while he or she is doing your procedure in Hazlet, NJ. Finally, as the procedure starts, our dentist will turn on the laughing gas so that you’re as relaxed as you need to be.
Good candidates to receive this type of sedation are people who have anxiety about visiting a dentist, fear needles, have a strong gag reflex, and who may have difficulty getting numb. Also, people who have jaw injuries are good candidates as well.
People who it may not be good for are those that are sensitive to benzodiazepines drugs, regularly take benzodiazepines, those with liver or kidney disease, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding their babies.
You should have someone to drive you to our practice, All Smiles Dental Care, so that you have a safe way to get home. Then, you should rest for the remainder of the day.