Here at Art Dentistry Center, your comfort is our priority. Fortunately, pain is almost a thing of the past thanks to advancements in dentistry. Our Madison Heights practice features powerful pain-killing medications, known as anesthetics, to help relieve discomfort during and after various types of procedures.. Learn about our effective sedation options and how you can benefit.
We offer several dental sedation methods to ensure you feel as relaxed and worry-free as possible. These medications include:
Analgesics are over-the-counter pain relievers and include non-narcotic medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. The usage of ibuprofen is especially important to help decrease swelling in addition to any pain or discomfort. Analgesics are used for mild cases of discomfort and are typically recommended during post-operative care for certain procedures, like a root canal or tooth extraction.
Anesthetics can either be topically applied, injected, or swallowed. During certain procedures, dentists often apply a topical anesthetic with a cotton swab to numb the surgical site.. Topical anesthetics are used in many dental procedures, such as tooth restoration, and can be used to prepare an area for injection.. Novocaine and Lidocaine are the most common types of injectable anesthetics. Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as tooth fillings or root canals.
Sedatives can be a powerful tool in preventing anxiety and pain. They’re commonly used in combination with other types of pain relievers and pain-killers.
Types of sedatives include:
The type of sedation administered depends on the procedure and how the patient tolerates pain.
At Art Dentistry Center, we put your oral health and individual needs first, every step of the way.. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Saluja can restore your smile while you relax in a comfortable state of mind.
Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling our office at (248) 206-5052. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Most patients describe dental sedation as a feeling of deep relaxation. When administered intravenously, or through an IV, patients describe sedation as having a calming effect that is occasionally accompanied by a tingling sensation. Typically after two to three minutes, your cares drift away and euphoria settles in.
Inhalation sedation has a similar effect. After two to three minutes of breathing nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, your pain will dissipate and you’ll be in a relaxed state of mind. Although the level of sedation is milder in comparison to IV sedation, it’s still effective in relieving pain and anxiety for the treatment at hand.
The effectiveness of sedation dentistry depends on the method of sedation, how it was administered, and how your body metabolizes it. The effects of nitrous oxide tend to dissipate quickly and you may be able to drive home after the procedure.
Oral sedation typically takes two to eight hours after the procedure to wear off, and IV sedation may take 24 hours for the effects to fade. If you’re planning on having a procedure with sedation, we strongly recommend having a driver ready to take you home.
Insurance companies may cover all or a portion of dental sedation, as many procedures require it. We recommend calling your provider for an understanding of your coverage prior to your appointment.
If you have any questions, contact our Madison Heights office at (248) 206-5052 or fill out a convenient contact form. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We also offer flexible financing options so you don’t have to put your dental health on hold or be left in a pinch.
Yes, general anesthesia is an option, however, conscious sedation has become popular in modern dentistry. Conscious sedation involves intravenously administering a combination of medicines to decrease pain and anxiety. In comparison to general anesthesia, there are fewer risk factors involved and therefore more patients are eligible for these types of sedation methods.