SEDATION DENTISTRY IN PITTSBURGH
Nearly half of all North Americans don’t go to the dentist. The number one reason, according to the American Dental Association, is fear. While routine dental care offers many benefits to patients, few enjoy the process of attending dental exams and cleanings. And when it comes to undergoing dental treatment, such as the placement of a filling or tooth extraction, many patients experience some level of anxiety before and during their appointment. To relax patients during their dental visits, Kaur Dental of Fox Chapel now offers nitrous sedation in Pittsburgh. It is a great way to reduce or eliminate anxiety for the fearful patient. It is safe, effective, and convenient!
WHAT IS NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION?
Nitrous Oxide is also known as the laughing gas. You breathe it in and it can cause such a sense of ease that even the dentist’s office can make you smile. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen for a safe, calming effect. It’s the most popular form of sedation used world-wide.
HOW IS NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION ADMINISTERED?
Nitrous Oxide sedation is administered through a mask. You breathe nitrous oxide combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Dr. Kaur can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Good candidates for sedation dentistry are patients that:
- Fear and anxiety of needles, drills, sounds and smells of the dental office, or any other aspect of dentistry
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Allergies to other types of sedatives
- Are undergoing more complex treatment or multiple treatments in one appointment
It is important that you discuss with your dentist ALL of your medical history and your concerns so the best protocol can be chosen so you can get the best results.
Please mention any surgeries, herbals or the possibility of pregnancy. Let’s be safe out there!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NITROUS OXIDE COMPARED TO OTHER SEDATION METHODS?
Nitrous oxide sedation dentistry offers unique benefits when compared to other methods such as oral conscious or IV sedation. First, it is non-addictive, so it is safe for all types of patients. Oral medications and IV sedation are usually not recommended to patients that have a history of addiction. Second, the effects wear off quickly, so patients can drive themselves home after their appointment. In contrast, patients that take oral sedation medication or undergo IV sedation will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment. Finally, nitrous oxide is easy to administer; patients simply breathe the nitrous oxide in, and within seconds, they feel more relaxed and calm. Oral conscious sedation requires patients to take a pill prior to treatment. The effects of the medication take some time to set in. IV sedation is administered intravenously, and the effects are felt immediately.
WILL I FEEL PAIN WITH SEDATION DENTISTRY?
No. You do not feel pain with sedation dentistry. Dr Kaur will use a combination of sedation and anesthetic to keep you relaxed and pain-free throughout your procedure. Many patients leave the appointment with little to no memory of their treatment and feel good afterward.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE "BEST SEDATION DENTIST NEAR ME"?
If you are looking for the best sedation dentist in Pittsburgh, Kaur Dental of Fox Chapel is the go-to place. Many patients believe Dr. Kaur is so gentle with a calming nature that they felt relaxed throughout the procedure. Many patients who have anxiety related to dentist visit feel Dr. Kaur is the best sedation dentist in the area.