We all feel nervous when it comes to certain procedures the dentist must perform to help us. Sedation can dull any discomfort and help you feel more relaxed while the dentist works.
A common form is called local anesthesia. The dentist provides an injection to the area he will be working on or throughout your entire mouth if necessary. You remain awake during the procedure, but the area feels little to no discomfort.
There is also IV sedation. It requires an injection into a vein, but it can put you further under than local anesthesia. You will still be awake, but not as aware, allowing the dentist to work.
Another common method is using nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas. The gas is administered to you through a mask instead of an injection. Laughing gas is often used in conjunction with local anesthesia, and it can dull the discomfort from the injection.
Another form is called oral sedation. With this form, you take an oral form like a liquid or a pill. This can also be used along with laughing gas to increase the sedation.
Of course, sometimes you need to fall asleep during a procedure to provide the best comfort. A general anesthesia may be needed. This requires an injection, which can sometimes be combined with a gas to further things along. This form puts you entirely unconscious, allowing the dentist to perform the procedure and allow you to skip some very uncomfortable aspects.
Should you ever require a procedure which may involve anesthesia, talk with Dr. Robert A. Bell. With his expertise, you can decide which form will work best for you. We here at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, want to help you get better and feel as comfortable as you can while the dentist helps you. You can call us at 502-955-6516 to set up a visit.