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If you have any fears or concerns about visiting your dentist for an oral health care treatment, it is important to remember that numerous forms of sedation exist. If for any reason you’re afraid of any pain you may feel, your dentist can provide you with options to eliminate any risks associated with pain or discomfort. This is known as sedation dentistry.

One of the most popular forms of sedation dentistry is gas sedation. Through a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, gas sedation can be used to help calm and relax patients. Laughing gas is highly effective for patients as it can provide the necessary care when administered and easily wear off after the gas is removed. It is also the only form of sedation in which an individual can receive the treatment and still drive themselves home afterward.

For further levels of sedation, oral sedation and intravenous sedation can be used. Oral sedation applies pills that you must swallow up to an hour before treatment is to be given. Intravenous sedation, however, is fast-acting and goes to work almost immediately as drugs are injected directly into your bloodstream. For the deepest levels of sedation, anesthesia is highly effective. General anesthesia has been proven to put patients into a deep state of unconsciousness from which they will not awake until further medications are used to reverse the effect or the anesthesia wears off.

Are you in need of a dentist in Brandon, Florida? Dr. A. Alessio Conte at Dental Excellence of Brandon wants to make sure your smile shines no matter what condition it is in. We are pleased to offer nitrous oxide, local anesthetics, sedatives for conscious sedation to help our patients overcome their dental anxiety. If you would like more information, please call 813-681-5515.