Are you completely terrified of the dental office and the loud drills and big machines that are associated with it? If so, Dr. Tatum & Dr. Cox are happy to help you feel more comfortable at our office by providing dental sedation.
Sedation dentistry in Opelika, Alabama, is the use of sedatives to help our patients relax and stay calm throughout their treatment. There are many different types of sedation, including:
• Oral Sedation: This type of sedation comes in the form of a pill. You will take the pill prior to coming into our office, and it will make you feel a little drowsy, but you will still stay awake. If you are instructed to take a larger dose, you will feel a little groggy and you might also fall asleep during the treatment.
• IV Sedation: This type of sedation is inserted through the veins. The effects of the sedative will take place quickly, and you will feel relaxed and carefree in no time. This is also a type of sedative that your dentist can control. If you are extremely anxious, we can increase the dose and then begin to decrease it as the treatment is ending.
• Nitrous Oxide Sedation: This type of sedation is also called laughing gas. It is a sedative mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through the nose. Your dentist will place a small mask over your nose and will ask you to deeply inhale for a few minutes. As time passes by, you will begin to feel lightheaded and tingly.
For more information on sedation dentistry, call Tatum & Cox!