At Pompano Family Dental, we want you to have the best of oral health and wish to provide all our dental care services in an environment where our patients feel comfortable, relaxed and free of anxiety and stress. As our commitment towards this aim, we offer sedation dentistry options for patients suffering from dental anxiety. Sedation refers to the use of prescription drugs to help a patient relax during their dental procedures.
We offer the following sedation dentistry options for patients at our practice:
- Local Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the mouth where treatment is being done so that the patient does not feel any pain during the procedure. Local anesthesia is generally administered in the form of an injection administered at the site of treatment. The effect of anesthesia wears off sometime after the procedure, and you may need painkilling medication to control post-procedural pain after the effect of anesthesia goes away.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Nitrous oxide is also commonly called laughing gas and is known to produce a sedative effect. It is administered during the dental procedure by means of a mask which allows the patient to inhale laughing gas mixed with oxygen, producing a state of euphoria and light-headedness. The dose of the sedative can be controlled as needed during the procedure to ensure optimal comfort for the patient. Its effect wears off very quickly and you can take on your daily activities soon after the procedure is over.
- Oral Sedation: As the name suggests, oral sedation is administered in the form of a small pill taken about half an hour prior to a person’s dental procedure. It produces a mild to moderate sedation effect and patients report having little or no memory of the procedure. The sedative wears off sometime after the procedure and may produce a hangover-like effect in some people, so it is advisable that someone accompanies you and drives you home after the procedure is over.
For more information about dental sedation options, please call our office at (954) 526-1927.