am i a candidate for sedation dentistry

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

am i a candidate for sedation dentistrySummerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada

When it comes to sedation dentistry, you likely have some questions that need answers. Here are the most commonly asked questions and answers regarding sedation dentistry. Your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Matthew Wilson, offers both nitrous oxide and oral sedatives as sedation dentistry options, which provide a calm and relaxing experience while at the dentist.

We invite you to discuss any questions or concerns with us that you may have regarding sedation dentistry or any of our other services that we offer.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but we will provide you with a guideline that will help you consider whether you should undergo sedation dentistry. The only way to know for sure, however, is to speak with the dentist before undergoing any procedures involving sedation.

It is normal for patients to feel a bit nervous about their upcoming dental procedure. Sometimes, patients even get nervous or dread the thought of a dental cleaning. Maybe they do not like that scrapping sound as the dental hygienist removes plaque from their teeth. Or, maybe they do not like the whirring sound of the dentist’s drill.

If it is simply the sounds of the dental office that you do not like, consider bringing headphones with you to listen to music on your phone or iPod. However, if you have strong feelings of anxiety or fear toward even the thought of going to the dentist, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.

In general, patients who experience dental anxiety, are not allergic to the sedatives, and who can plan accordingly for their visit are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Since a mask is worn over the nose when administering nitrous oxide, be sure that you can withstand wearing the mask, and not feel claustrophobic.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

If you experience any one of the following, you may benefit from sedation dentistry:

  • Strong gag reflex
  • High level of dental anxiety
  • Inability to hold mouth open for lengthy appointments
  • Experience jaw discomfort while undergoing lengthy appointments
  • Inability to get numb
  • Unable to sit still for long periods of time

Sedation dentistry is especially ideal for patients who are undergoing lengthy procedures such as a smile makeover or extensive cosmetic dentistry. Not only does sedation dentistry help pass the time, but it helps you feel relaxed and calm while receiving the necessary dental care that you need.

Who should not undergo sedation dentistry? 

In general, it is safe for most patients to undergo sleep dentistry. However, there are certain instances where sedation dentistry is not ideal.

If you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have an allergy to the sedatives
  • Have depression of the central nervous system
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have resistance to medications that are to be used

Although this list does not encompass all possibilities, it certainly covers the most common conditions that we see. Therefore, it is essential that you discuss your complete health history with your dentist before receiving dental care. This way, the dentist can determine the best course of action for you.

How should I plan my visit?

If you are undergoing sleep dentistry via oral sedatives, you should plan accordingly for your visit. If you are unable to do so, be sure that you discuss this with Dr. Wilson beforehand.

This means that you:

  • Must be able to schedule adequate time for your appointment
  • Can arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment
  • Avoid consuming alcohol before your procedure
  • Refrain from strenuous activity the remainder of the day

You may also need to take the remainder of the day off from work if taking oral sedatives. Also, you may want to plan on taking it easy the rest of the day. Be sure to speak with Dr. Wilson regarding any restrictions that you may have following your procedure.

If you can meet these criteria, you may be an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry.

Nitrous oxide, on the other hand, will leave you feeling yourself shortly after your procedure. Therefore, if you are receiving “laughing gas,” you do not need to plan on having a driver, and you can resume your regular activities afterward.

Should I choose oral sedatives or nitrous oxide?

This will depend on your level of dental anxiety, the procedures you are having done, and your health. Both provide a calm, relaxed feeling while at the dentist, but speak with Dr. Wilson to determine which method is best for you.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

As with any dental procedure, it is important to discuss any and all concerns that you may have with the dentist. Sedation dentistry has been studied extensively and has been found safe for most healthy individuals. However, keep in mind that you need to share your complete health history including any medications or supplements that you currently take, with Dr. Wilson before receiving sedation dentistry or nitrous oxide. While receiving sedation dentistry, our caring staff will monitor your vitals throughout the entire procedure to ensure your safety.

Sedation Dentistry in Summerlin

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling (702) 331-4700.

Inspire Dental of Summerlin welcomes patients of Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin, Nevada.