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3 Types of Sedation Dentistry

3 Types of Sedation Dentistry Grand Rapids, MI

Do you have a dental phobia? Don’t wait until you have an unbearable toothache before scheduling an appointment. Our experienced dentist can help with any concerns you may have.

Sedation dentistry can help you relax in the dentist’s chair so you can get the dental care you need for a healthy smile. Dr. Yun can help you explore your options for sedation dentistry so you have peace of mind.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a branch of oral care that specializes in giving patients relief from stress and pain through sedation. Depending on your situation, you and your dentist may decide on any of the three sedation tactics which include laughing gas, oral sedation, and IV sedation. All three methods have their place within sedation dentistry. However, your medical history and other unique factors will determine the right choice for you.

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide) is safe for patients of all ages because you are aware and awake during the procedure. If you have a dental phobia, your dentist may recommend laughing gas to help you relax in the chair. We’ll gently place a mask over your nose and tell you to breathe deeply. It only takes a few moments for the laughing gas to start working.

Unlike other types of sedation dentistry, laughing gas is quick to wear off. This means that you’ll be able to drive yourself home or return to work. If your child had laughing gas, they’ll be able to return to school after their appointment.

Laughing gas carries the least risk compared to other sedation methods. Any side effects stop once the mask is removed. Laughing gas can be used for everything from teeth cleanings to root canals. However, keep in mind that invasive procedures will need more than laughing gas to dull the pain.

Oral Sedation

Dr. Yun will need to write you a prescription if he determines that oral sedation is best for your upcoming procedure. Since oral sedation makes you feel drowsy, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office.

Your safety is always our first priority, which is why we give you thorough directions so you know what to expect. Depending on the medication you’re prescribed, you may have to abstain from food and drink 8 hours before your appointment. For this reason, many patients schedule their appointments in the morning.

Oral sedation may make you drowsy enough to fall asleep. However, we’ll be able to easily shake you awake if we need you to cooperate with the dentist. For example, Dr. Yun may ask you during the procedure to tilt your head so he can better access a tooth.

If your child receives oral sedation, you’ll need to keep them home from school or daycare after their appointment. You’ll need to supervise your child for the rest of the day while the medication wears off.

IV Sedation

For IV sedation dentistry, we insert an IV line into a vein in the crook of your arm. The IV line will provide a steady flow of medication that ensures your unconscious state for the entire procedure.

You can feel safe and secure while in the dentist’s chair, knowing that you are receiving quality dental care without the stress and pain. We closely monitor your vital signs and ensure you are breathing properly through an oxygen mask.

Dr. Yun DDS and his team want to make sure each patient feels safe and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. To request an appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call NorthPointe Family Dental at (616) 288-6134.