Relaxation dentistry also Known as Sedation Denstistry, can help you get the care you need if the thought of dental work makes you feel uncomfortable. Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. and the team make your well-being a top priority at their office in La Grange, Illinois. Along with sedation techniques, the team offers warm blankets, soft music, scenic videos, headphones, and neck pillows to enhance your dental experience. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more today.
Relaxation dentistry promotes relaxation during dental procedures through medications that calm your nervous system. If you have a dental phobia or feel uncomfortable visiting the dentist, sedation techniques can settle your nerves to get the care you need.
Avoiding the dentist has serious consequences on your oral health. It can increase your risk of decay, periodontal disease, and other dental conditions that require costly, invasive care once they progress. Pairing your visits with gentle sedation may encourage you to visit the office for treatments and help you overcome dental anxiety.
With multiple types of sedation available, Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. and the team work with you to determine the most suitable form for your needs.
The most common types of sedation dentistry include:
Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, is an inhaled sedative that helps you relax and reduces anxiety. It’s the mildest form of sedation and requires no preparation or downtime. You simply inhale the gas, mixed with oxygen, through a mask or nasal hood.
Nitrous oxide encourages a sense of euphoria almost immediately. The gas wears off within minutes after you remove your mask. Nitrous oxide is the only type of sedation that allows you to drive yourself home after using it.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking medication in pill or capsule form before your procedure. The team administers your medication about one hour before your procedure.
While you remain conscious, oral sedation dulls your senses and makes you less aware of your surroundings. These sedatives can take hours to wear off, so you need a ride home after your visit.
Consider sedation dentistry for your next visit if you:
The team may also recommend sedation if you have a high tolerance for local anesthetics.
Call Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. or schedule an appointment online today to find out how sedation dentistry can enhance your dental experience.