If you have an extraordinary fear or dread of going to the dentist sedation therapy may be able to relieve your anxiety. Your dentist can administer what is known as a “conscious medication” that will definitely relax you but not put you totally under like a “general anesthetic” will.
Highly anxious patients may benefit from some form of sedation dentistry. Those with a physical disability are also good candidates.
Share your fears with your dentist and let him know that you may need sedation. He will ask about any medications that you may be taking or if you have undergone a neurological procedure. He will use this information to determine the best type of medication for you.
You may be given an anti-anxiety medication to take before you come to the appointment or your dentist may administer it right along with the usual pain blocker. Nitrous oxide is a common form of conscious sedation. It can be administered intravenously or you may inhale the “laughing gas” through a mask. If you receive a general anesthesia you will be unconscious during your dental procedure. You will be monitored the entire time you are under and the effects will wear off in a short amount of time.
If you expect to be sedated in any way plan to bring someone along to drive you home after your appointment.