When it comes to sedation, at Dental Home in Bluffton, South Carolina, our priority is our patient’s comfort and safety. If your concerns regarding the type of anesthesia that will be administered during your procedure, please, discuss your concerns with our doctor at the time of your consultation.
At Dental Home, our patients who are more anxious may be given a form of oral sedation. When choosing a form of sedation, the doctor will take into consideration your overall health and medical history. Oral sedation could be taken as soon as you arrive at the appointment, as the medicine usually takes up to 20 minutes to work. It doesn't put you to sleep, but it helps you stay calm and relaxed. You would also be able to respond to simple commands. Before your visit, the staff will provide you with instructions that could include whether you should eat or drink before the procedure and what to watch for afterward. In some cases, minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medicines. You will need to stay for a short period of time after the dental treatment has been completed for observation purposes.
Sometimes the doctor may need to numb a part of your mouth. The dentist will inject medicine into your gum or inner cheek. This medicine is called local anesthesia. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic dentists’ use. If you need local anesthesia in order to have your dental treatment done, the dentist will dry part of your mouth with air or cotton. The dentist then swabs the area with a gel to numb the skin. Then, the dentist will slowly inject the local anesthetic. Most people don't feel the needle. Instead, the sting they feel is caused by the anesthetic moving into the tissue. An injection of local anesthesia can last up to several hours. After you leave the dentist's office, you may find it difficult to speak clearly or eat. The sensation lasts a few hours with virtually no side effects.
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