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Sedation Options for Dental Anxiety

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone! Many people have fear and anxiety around their dental visits. But taking care of your oral health is an investment in your long-term well-being, as well as in the quality of your life, and your fear shouldn’t get in the way of the dental care you need. That’s why Pearl Dental Group is proud to offer sedation dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA. With  a variety of sedation options offered, we can help you  find the one that works best for you!

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Our Sedation Dentistry Options

Nitrous Oxide

Also called “laughing gas,” this form of dental anesthesia is a gas that you inhale during your procedure. It is fast-acting, reducing your anxiety level in seconds or minutes, and it wears off quickly (allowing you to drive home after your procedure).  Nitrous oxide is our most popular sedation option and commonly used in simple procedures from fillings and crowns to extractions to root canals.

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Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles and is a popular sedation option used at Pearl Dental Group. An Oral sleep medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. The oral sedatives dull the senses, induce sleep and have an amnesia effect. This means that most patients snooze through their procedure in comfort with little to no recollection. Usually, a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment, and then topped off just prior to the procedure. Because Oral sedation can take a few hours to wear off, it does require having someone drive you home after your procedure.

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IV Sedation

If you need complex, intensive dental work or you experience extreme dental anxiety, intravenous sedation may be the best sedation option for you. With this anesthesia, a certified nurse anesthetist will administer medication through an IV line, keeping you calm throughout your procedure. This allows us to focus our care on you while a CRNA is closely monitoring your vitals while you are under moderate sedation.  Many patients don’t remember anything between the insertion of the IV and their waking up to a new smile. Because IV sedation can take a few hours to wear off, we require having someone drive you home from your procedure.

Don’t Put Off the Care You Need

If you’re looking for dental sedation near you in Baton Rouge, look no further than the Pearl Dental Group! Getting regular dental care prevents more serious systemic issues down the line, such as diabetes complications and cardiovascular disease. Getting your cleanings now means preserving your natural teeth as long as possible and preventing more intensive procedures (such as root canals and dental implants) later on.

We don’t believe that anyone should experience these side effects, which is why we specialize in sedation dentistry in Baton Rouge. In addition to our sedation dentistry experience, we are also experts in presenting your case to dental insurance providers and ensuring that you pay as little as possible for your dental work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to help patients relax and remain calm during dental procedures. It is particularly beneficial for individuals with dental anxiety or fear.
Sedation dentistry is suitable for individuals who experience dental phobia, anxiety, a strong gag reflex, difficulty sitting still, or those undergoing lengthy or invasive dental procedures.
Dental practices may offer various sedation options, including oral sedation (pills), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and intravenous (IV) sedation. The specific options may vary.
When administered by qualified and trained professionals, sedation dentistry is generally safe. Dentists carefully evaluate the patient’s medical history and monitor them during the procedure.
The level of sedation varies, and most commonly, patients are in a relaxed and semi- conscious state. The goal is to keep you comfortable and calm throughout the procedure.
The duration of sedation depends on the type used. Nitrous oxide has a quick onset and wears off rapidly, while oral sedation may have a longer-lasting effect.
In most cases, patients are not allowed to drive themselves home after sedation. It’s important to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you.
With some forms of sedation, you may have little to no memory of the procedure. This can be discussed with your dentist beforehand.
Sedation dentistry can be used for a range of procedures, from simple cleanings for anxious patients to more complex treatments such as extractions or root canals.
Your dentist will provide specific pre-operative instructions, which may include fasting for a certain period before the procedure. It’s essential to follow these guidelines closely.
Discuss your concerns and anxiety levels with your dentist during a consultation. They can help determine if sedation dentistry is a suitable option for your specific needs.

Don’t Let Your Fear Keep You Away.

Explore your sedation dentistry options today.

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