Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nate Dancykier are experienced general dentists in Towson, MD. They are happy to provide sedation dentistry solutions to patients who experience dental anxiety. We would hate to see our patients suffering from the long-term consequences of neglecting their dental health because they have been avoiding visiting the dentist due to dental anxiety.
We believe that visiting the dentist should be a positive experience, and will do everything we can to keep you calm and comfortable during your appointment. Learn more about our sedation dentistry options below.
Sedation Dentistry in Towson, MD
Sedation dentistry solutions are designed to keep you calm and comfortable in the dental chair. We offer a wide range of sedative options to meet your needs. Some sedation dentistry solutions include:
Laughing Gas – Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. As you breathe in the gas, you will become more relaxed while also remaining conscious and aware of what is going on around you. Patients describe this feeling as being in a dreamlike state.
Once we remove the gas, the effects will quickly wear off. This means you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Nitrous oxide has been used for many years to help patients receive the dental care they need. It is safe to use for patients with dental anxiety or for young patients.
Oral Sedation Medication – For patients with extreme dental anxiety or fear of the dentist, we can prescribe an oral sedation medication. It comes in pill form, and you will need to take it before your dentist appointment.
Someone will need to accompany you to and from your appointment because you cannot operate a vehicle. The medication will keep you relaxed, and many patients fall asleep from how calm it makes them. If you feel this form of dental sedation is necessary, please do not hesitate to speak to your dentist.
We also utilize local anesthetics and numbing solutions to ensure you do not experience pain or discomfort during our more invasive procedures.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Our Towson, MD, dentist office takes patient education initiatives very seriously. We believe that an informed patient is a healthier patient. This is why we encourage patients to ask our team members any questions they might have about their dental health or necessary procedures. Our staff is here to help you better understand your smile and how to achieve lifelong dental health. We are happy to take the time to explain our processes and procedures to you to help you feel more comfortable and informed about your dental care.
How long does dental sedation last?
This depends on the type your dentist and anesthesiologist give you. The effects of nitrous oxide will begin as soon as we administer the gas and cease when we stop the gas. The effects of oral sedation, on the other hand, will take a while to set it. We recommend taking the pill about an hour before your appointment. It should last throughout your appointment and for some time after. In general, the effects of oral sedation will last about 2-8 hours.
How safe is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is generally safe when a dentist and anesthesiologist perform it. The sedatives anesthesiologist use help the patient relax and feel more comfortable throughout the procedure. Although sedation dentistry often involves higher levels of anesthesia than other medical procedures, it still carries minimal risks, and serious complications are rare.
Is sedation safer than anesthesia?
Yes. Sedation is generally safer than anesthesia. An anesthesiologist can administer sedation in lower doses and with fewer risks. The type of sedatives an anesthesiologist uses in sedation dentistry has a very low risk of serious side effects, which makes it a safe option for most patients. Also, the anesthesiologist will constantly monitor your vital signs during the procedure to ensure that you remain safe throughout the procedure.
What can I expect after sedation dentistry?
After sedation dentistry, you may experience some drowsiness and grogginess for a few hours. You may also have short-term memory loss. It is essential to follow your post-operative instructions. It is normal to experience some mild discomfort or soreness in the treated area. Overall, the effects of sedation can take up to 24 hours after the procedure to wear off. Most people can resume their normal activities the next day. Lastly, on the day of the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will recommend that you have someone drive you home.
Can I brush my teeth before sedation?
You can brush your teeth before the procedure; however, you should not swallow water or toothpaste. You can brush with a small sip of water. Sedation can cause nausea and possibly vomiting. Having an empty stomach reduces your chances of vomiting and your risk of other complications.
What should I not do before sedation?
Before undergoing sedation for a dental procedure, you should avoid consuming food or drink for at least 6-8 hours before the procedure. Inform your dentist of any medications or supplements you’re taking, as some may interfere with the sedative. Refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after the sedation. Additionally, arrange for a responsible family member or friend to accompany you to and from the appointment. Finally, follow any specific pre-sedation instructions provided by your dental professional.