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Sedation Dentistry in Pittsburgh

Sit Back, Relax, and Smile

How do you feel when you go to the dentist? If you’re like most people, you’re probably a little nervous, or you may actually be scared. At our office, we’re able to help our most anxious patients relax thanks to sedation dentistry. Using the techniques outline below, we can help calm your mind and protect you from pain all at the same time. If you would be interested in using dental sedation at your next appointment, simply contact us today.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that has been used to help dental patients of all ages relax for well over 100 years. At our office, you’ll simply inhale it through a small nasal mask, and within minutes, you’ll start feeling light, happy, and maybe even euphoric in the chair. We can adjust the amount of nitrous you receive during your appointment to keep you comfortable the entire time. Plus, once we remove the mask, the gas’s effect will wear off almost instantly, allowing you to go straight back to your day.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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If you experience more acute dental phobia, Dr. Rairigh can prescribe you a sedative to take about an hour before your scheduled visit so that by the time you reach our office, you’ll already be deeply physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll remain awake and be able to respond to commands, but time will seem to fly by very quickly, and you’ll likely have little memory of your visit after (which some patients prefer!).

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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You’ve likely heard several rumors about sedation dentistry in Pittsburgh, so it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to agree to it. Thankfully, much of what you’ve heard probably isn’t true. Dental sedation is safe and effective when administered by a trained professional. We’ll explain everything during your consultation to calm your nerves. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to make an educated decision for your smile.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Dental sedation is safe for most patients, but you’ll require a consultation to ensure you’re a candidate. Your dentist will review your current medications and health history to look for any potential negative interactions. Your dental team will always monitor your vitals to ensure you’re safe, and Dr. Rairigh is specially trained in nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. You can sit back and relax knowing you and your smile are in qualified hands to reach your oral health goals without added stress.

Is sedation dentistry safe while breastfeeding?

It is unlikely medications used in oral conscious sedatives will affect your breastmilk; however, if you’re concerned, nitrous oxide may be a better option. It leaves your system within just a few minutes after you stop inhaling it, so you won’t need to worry about any lingering consequences.

Will I remember anything with dental sedation?

Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation don’t render you unconscious. Instead, you’ll reach a deep level of relaxation, so you may even drift off to sleep. It’s more likely you’ll remember your procedure with nitrous oxide, but you won’t feel anything. There’s a chance oral conscious sedatives can cause a memory loss effect, which can be helpful for patients who have had bad dental experiences in the past.

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

Although you’ll remain conscious, you won’t feel any pain. Your dentist will use sedation with a local numbing agent to ensure you’re completely comfortable. While you may feel pressure, it won’t be painful. Depending on the procedure, your mouth can be a little tender after the sedative and numbing agent wears off. You can manage any discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever and by following your dentist’s aftercare instructions.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can help patients with a variety of unique circumstances, like dental-related fears or phobias. If your palms sweat when it’s time to sit in the dental chair, sedation can help you relax, so you can stop avoiding your dentist. It’s also a good option for patients who have difficulty keeping their jaw open or have a strong gag reflex. Dental sedation is often recommended for patients who need an invasive or lengthy procedure. Time will fly by as your dentist performs any necessary treatments quickly and efficiently. Your dentist will consider your medical history and any medications carefully when determining if sedation is right for you. Depending on your case, they may recommend nitrous oxide, which is the safest dental sedative.