Dental anxiety is a fear or phobia of visiting the dentist. It’s a very common problem, and it can be caused by several different things. For some people, it’s the fear of pain. Others may be afraid of needles or the drill.
Dental anxiety is a common problem, affecting many kids and adults. Dental anxiety is often severe enough to prevent people from getting necessary dental care.
What is Inhalation Sedation?
Inhalation sedation is a type of sedation that uses nitrous oxide gas (also called “laughing gas”) to help you relax. It’s a safe and effective way to calm you down and make you feel at ease during your dental treatment.
Inhalation sedation is one of the safest forms of sedation for both adults and children. And it’s one of the most common types of sedation used in dentistry.
Inhalation sedation works by relaxing the muscles and reducing the level of anxiety. The nitrous oxide gas is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose. You will remain awake and be able to respond to questions during your dental treatment.
What Are The Advantages Of Inhalation Sedation?
Inhalation sedation has many advantages:
When Is Inhalation Sedation Used?
Inhalation sedation is mainly used to treat mild to moderate dental anxiety. It is particularly beneficial for anxious kids.
The minimum age for administering inhalation sedation to children is three years of age. Children must understand the goal and mechanism of inhalation sedation. Generally speaking, at three years old a child has developed an adequate level of understanding to allow him or her to follow simple directions. Inhalation sedation may also be used to help older children with orthodontic extractions. Many extractions or surgical procedures may be alarming for the patients. Inhalation sedation might alleviate any fears.
Inhalation sedation is also used for adults who feel dental anxiety or who have a general fear of needles and injections. People with a phobia of needles and injections do not feel comfortable with intravenous sedation. They can benefit from the safety and effectiveness of inhalation sedation.
Inhalation sedation can be used to help patients with a severe gag reflex who cannot tolerate impressions or radiographs.
It’s also beneficial for the treatment of medically compromised individuals, such as those with heart disease or allergies to general anesthesia.
When Should Inhalation Sedation Not Be Used?
Inhalation sedation has a long history of being safe for medical and dental procedures. It may be utilized safely in most patients under dental care. However, in certain individuals, inhalation sedation would be unsuitable. Some examples of these are:
When Should General Anesthesia Be Used For Pediatric Dentistry Treatments?
What To Expect When Inhalation Sedation Is Used
Before the treatment:
The first appointment at Pandit Clinic with Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit will be for an assessment during which the dental treatment under inhalation sedation will be planned and discussed. The treatment and inhalation sedation will take place at the following appointments. It is important to give Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit details about your or your child’s medical history. If you have any questions or doubts about the sedation or the dental treatment then do not hesitate to ask Dr. Pratibha.
Instructions for before the treatment:
On the day of the treatment:
The patient will breathe in the nitrous oxide gas through a mask placed over the nose. The nitrous oxide will help to relax and calm the nerves of the patient. The patient may feel warmth throughout the body, as well as mild tingling and light-headedness. The patient will remain awake and in command of all reflexes.
After the treatment:
The patient will quickly recover from the effects of inhalation sedation. Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit will observe the patient for a brief period following the sedation. The patient should not drive or perform vigorous activities like running for the remainder of the day. It is recommended that a responsible adult accompanies the patient home from the clinic.
At Pandit Clinic, we do our best to ensure that your dental treatment or your child’s dental treatment is as comfortable as possible. Inhalation sedation is one of how we provide comfort during treatment. We always follow the latest safety protocols. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +918805980048 or book an appointment with Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit.
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Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry Specialist
Dr. Pratibha is the Chief Dentist at Pandit Clinic. She is also a Consultant Pediatric Dentist at Kotbagi Hospital and KEM Hospital, Pune.
Dr. Pratibha has trained at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, in advanced areas including Pediatric dental treatment under General Anesthesia and Intravenous sedation, Dental Rehabilitation of children with special health care needs, and Nasoalveolar molding and dental rehabilitation of cleft lip and cleft palate.
She’s the lifetime member of Student Clinician Association, American Dental Association (SCADA), USA.
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