Do you avoid the dentist due to your dental fear or anxiety? Do you need comfortable and pain-free dental care?
Dr. Sahil Goyal is trained and experienced in dental sedation. Along with Dr. Anshu Goyal and Dr. Politimi Mantzouranis, Dr. Goyal wants to help patients get the dental care they need in a relaxed environment. Sedation methods allow anxious and fearful patients, and anyone who requires complex treatments, to get the dental care they need. Frederick Center for Dentistry offers two forms of sedation dentistry in Frederick, MD.
Dr. Goyal works with patients on an individual basis. He will suggest the best type of dental sedation, ensuring both comfort and safety in his Frederick, Maryland dental office.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Sedation can be a great general dentistry option for patients who:
- Suffer from dental fear or anxiety
- Have sensitive teeth
- Need multiple surgery treatments
- Have a strong gag reflex
Dental sedation offers multiple benefits, including:
- Pain-free treatment
- Gag reflex reduction
Contact the Frederick Center for Dentistry if you have dental anxiety and need dental treatment. Our kind and caring team know that dental fear or anxiety can keep patients from getting routine care, and our dentist office is a judgment-free zone.
Sedation Dentistry in Frederick, MD
We offer two methods of sedation to ensure that you are cozy and relaxed during routine and complex dental treatments:
Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe sedative that your dentist will deliver through a nasal mask. The gas takes effect quickly once you begins to breath it in. You may feel a sense of bliss or tingling in your fingers and toes. During the entire procedure, we will monitor your vital signs for safety reasons. Once the treatment is done, we will remove the mask and the effects will wear off quickly. This sedation method allows patients to remain fully conscious but relaxed and serene during their treatment.
Oral conscious sedation: This type of sedation is taken before the appointment in the form of a pill. We will give you a prescription to fill before the appointment with instructions on how to take it. Because the effects will set in before the appointment, you will need a ride to the appointment. Once at the office, the dentist may adjust the dosage based on your level of sedation. During treatment, you will remain awake and we will monitor your vitals. You will also experience a calming effect and may feel drowsy or tingling sensations. Oral sedation is painless. You will also need someone to drive you home from your appointment.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Read through our sedation dentistry frequently asked questions to learn more about how this option. We cover many topics to help you better understand how sedation in dentistry works and how it can help you.
How long do the effects of oral sedation last?
The effects of oral sedation will vary from patient to patient. It will depend on the type of medication we use and the patient’s metabolism. Also, the dosage for the patient will also determine how long the effects last. While it can take 30 to 60 minutes for it to take effect, the sedative effects will last for several hours after the procedure. On average, oral sedation should last patients from two to eight hours.
Is sedation dentistry safe for all ages?
Before a dentist administers a sedation method, they will review the patients complete medical history. While sedation dentistry can be safe for all ages, it really depends on the patient’s health status. Some people have certain conditions that may not allow them to use sedation methods for dental treatments. Some oral sedation medications have age restrictions. Unless otherwise stated by your dentist, sedation is safe for most patients. We use it in a controlled environment by dental professional who are trained and certified to administer it.
Does oral sedation put you to sleep?
The main goal of oral sedation is to keep the patient in a deep state of relaxation. This will allow to remain comfortable yet awake. The patient is able to speak with the dentist and staff the entire time if necessary. However, in some cases, the oral sedation may cause the patient to fall asleep simply because they are so calm. The level of sedation that is achieved with oral sedation will vary from patient from to patient based on factors such as age, weight, overall health, dosage, and metabolism. You will be closely monitored by our dental professionals to make sure you are comfortable and medically stable during your dental treatment.
What are the side effects of sedation?
Most patients will not have any side effects of dental sedation. However, there are some possible side effects that are based on the person’s age, weight, health status, and dosage used. Patients may feel side effects from sedation treatment, including:
- Drowsiness: the sedative may cause the patient to feel drowsy for several hours after their appointment.
- Low blood pressure and dizziness: sedatives can lead to a decrease in blood flow which will result in low blood pressure and make the patient feel dizzy.
- Dry mouth: some sedatives will decrease saliva production thus leading to dry mouth.
- Headaches: these are common after the use of any type of sedation.
- Nausea: some patient’s bodies simply may react to the sedation in this manner however it will only last for a few hours.
Will I feel any pain if I use sedation dentistry?
In most cases, patients will not feel pain during their treatment while using sedation dentistry. However, it is important to understand that you will be awake and able to feel pressure, pulling, and other movements. Also, after the appointment when the sedation wears off, you will can still feel sore and swell from your treatment.
What patients need sedation dentistry?
Most patients who choose to use sedation dentistry suffer from some type of fear of the dentist or dental anxiety. However, there are other reasons to consider it. People with severe gag reflexes find going to the dentist very hard. When using a sedation method, it allows them to relax enough for the dentist to perform the treatments they need without gagging. Patients who may be unable to sit for long periods of time can use sedation dentistry to help them relax for an entire appointment. We also use sedation for patients who require major restorative dentistry work. Complex dental work can be painful and there is no reason to endure that pain if you do not have to.
Sedation dentistry in Frederick, MD is helping many patients get the dental care they need. Call 301-264-5680 or request an appointment with us to learn more. If you have an questions about dental sedation, please feel free to reach out to us. It is our goal to help each patient achieve optimal oral health and to receive all the dental services they need.