Many adults avoid visiting the dentist because of feelings of anxiety or fear. At Nawrocki Dental, our team wants to make your experiences with us as comfortable as possible, and that’s why Dr. Gary Nawrocki offers several techniques for sedation dentistry here in Cocoa Beach, FL. Contrary to popular belief, most sedation options don’t actually put patients to sleep – instead, they help create a much more relaxed atmosphere for the patient while allowing them to remain conscious enough to respond to our requests throughout the procedure. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule your first appointment!
Here are just some of the valuable benefits of choosing sedation dentistry:
Our dental office has a variety of sedation options available for our patients. These options include:
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that patients breathe in through a nasal mask throughout the procedure. Patients will find that their mood is pleasantly elevated, and they may experience some tingling and numbness as well. Because the effects wear off right away, patients can quickly return to their daily routine after their procedure with nitrous oxide.
If you’re uncomfortable with needles, oral conscious sedation may be the right choice for you. We’ll prescribe oral medication that patients will take prior to their treatment, which dulls the senses and helps you forget the associated noises, smells, and sensations of the dentist’s office.
Have you never received sedation dentistry before? Feeling nervous about the process? Don’t fret, Nawrocki Dental understands what you’re going through and wants to help however it can! If you have questions, we encourage you to give our most frequently asked ones a look yourself down below. And, if you have other concerns regarding sedation you’d like to discuss, you can give us a call any time and we’ll do our best to provide you detailed answers ahead of your next appointment.
Sedation is ideal for those who experience varying levels of anxiety, but it’s far from the only group that can benefit from its use. For example, you may want to consider sedation dentistry if you have:
While sedation itself doesn’t really provide pain relief, our dental office does use it in tandem with anesthesia. This is what we use to effectively remove any sensations that could be felt during specific procedures. Anesthesia used alongside sedation, whether it be nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, is a fantastic way to create the most relaxing and pain-free dental experience possible.
If you intend on receiving oral conscious sedation as part of your care, it’s very unlikely that you will remember much of your appointment, if any of it at all. In some cases, patients have even fallen asleep due to how relaxed they feel. However, this is not the same thing as being put into an induced coma, which is typically done in hospitals. If you choose nitrous oxide instead, there is a possibility that you remember some of your treatment, even if it is a little fuzzy or fragmented.
Sedation dentistry is completely safe, but there are a few side effects that can occur. For example, you may notice:
The sedation you receive will help you feel very relaxed, but it also helps to wear loose-fitting clothing. This is especially important if you plan on completing a procedure that will take a long time to complete. Additionally, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the dental office if you plan on receiving oral conscious sedation, the more powerful sedative we provide. Following your visit, you should avoid operating a vehicle or other heavy machinery for at least 24 hours. You’ll want to have someone looking after you just as a precaution. Those who plan to receive nitrous oxide can expect its effects to dissipate quite rapidly after the nasal mask it is administered through is removed.