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If you tend to develop anxious feelings towards going to the dentist in Greeneville or are downright fearful of the thought of getting dental work done, then sedation dentistry may be an excellent option for you. That way, you can undergo the dental care that you need without the terrible feelings of anxiousness and anxiety.
Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding sedation dentistry in Greeneville. Hopefully, this will help you feel comfortable and confident with your upcoming sedation dentistry appointment.
What is sedation dentistry?
With sedation dentistry, you receive nitrous oxide also known as “laughing gas” while receiving dental care. Nitrous oxide is a sedation method that means you will experience a sense of deep relaxation, yet remain awake throughout your procedure, and still able to follow our instructions or communicate with us. This type of sedation dentistry allows you to have an anxiety-free dental experience.
How exactly does nitrous oxide work?
When receiving nitrous oxide, you will experience relaxation while all feelings of anxiety leave your mind and body. It works by wearing a small, comfortable mask over your nose while you breathe in the nitrous oxide gas slowly. The mask remains in place throughout your procedure, and once we are finished, you will breathe in regular air as you feel the effects of the sedation wear off within minutes.
Will I be able to breathe on my own?
Yes. While under the effects of nitrous oxide you will still be able to breathe on your own. Since you are in a deep state of relaxation, not asleep, there is no need for breathing assistance. However, our team will closely monitor your oxygen and heart levels throughout the procedure so that if any complications were to arise, we could remedy them immediately.
Will I need someone to drive me to and from of my appointment?
No. Since the sedation only takes effect while you are breathing in the nitrous oxide, you will be fine to drive yourself to and from the appointment. Also, as you breathe in regular air, you will feel normal again, although we may have you wait for a few minutes after your appointment to make sure the effects have worn off completely.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes. There have been many studies conducted on the safety and effectiveness of nitrous oxide, which have been deemed safe for both adults and children. However, certain medical conditions may prevent someone from undergoing sedation dentistry. This is why it is important to discuss your entire medical history with the dentist before your sedation appointment. Also, be sure to list any medications, vitamins or supplements that you take as they may interfere with the safety and effectiveness of the sedation.
Will the sedation make me feel sick?
Although rare, a case of mild nausea may occur in conjunction with nitrous oxide. However, we will be sure to provide you with specific instructions as far as your diet before your procedure. Adhering to our suggestions will reduce your chance of feeling sick.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Sedation dentistry may be right for you if you experience anxiety or fear toward going to the dentist, have a strong gag reflex, or are unable to sit still for a lengthy appointment. However, it may not be right for everyone, which is why it is important to discuss your medical history and any concerns that you may have ahead of time.
To learn more about sedation dentistry in Greeneville or any of our other services, contact Tusculum Dental Care by calling (423) 639-7575 to schedule a consultation.
We welcome patients of Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville, Tennessee.