Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation Dentistry services offered in South Tampa, Tampa, FL

People who experience severe anxiety during a dental procedure may benefit from sedation dentistry. The OneSource Dental of Tampa specialists in Tampa, Florida, offer this fear-reducing treatment to promote relaxation, which allows you to receive essential services without worry. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book online through the reservation system. 

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

It’s important that you feel comfortable during a dental procedure. Some people experience higher instances of anxiety, which can make it difficult to receive important health care.

Several types of sedation dentistry help keep you calm. Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is one of the most common forms of sedation. The team safely provides this treatment through a mouth or nose attachment.

Other common forms of sedation dentistry include oral and intravenous (IV) sedation. Both of these sedation types offer stronger effects and potentially greater relief from anxiety. Oral and IV sedation may make you more groggy than laughing gas, so it’s recommended to have someone accompany you who can drive you home.

Do I need sedation dentistry?

You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

  • Fear needles
  • Have claustrophobia
  • Are unable to sit still for extended periods
  • Require specialized physical and cognitive care
  • Have a severe gag-reflex or teeth sensitivity

By discussing your sedation options with OneSource Dental of South Tampa specialists, they can provide insight if this treatment option is right for you.

What can I expect when receiving sedation dentistry?

If you opt for sedation dentistry, the experts first ensure you’re not taking medications or have preexisting conditions that may interfere with treatment. They ask several questions regarding your health history to confirm it’s an appropriate treatment for you.

The specialist then provides your chosen sedation and monitors you carefully during the process. They can adjust the dosages depending on your levels of anxiety and comfort.

Do I need time to recover from sedation dentistry?

If you receive sedation through laughing gas, the experts will ask you to stick around for a little while longer to make sure the effects have worn off and you’re safe to drive home.

If you choose heavier sedation methods, administered orally or through an IV, it can take up to 24 hours before the full effects wear off. For this reason, you should stay home, eat soft foods, and have someone close by to monitor you throughout the day after your procedure.

To learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can reduce your anxiety, call the experts at the Tampa, Florida, office to schedule an appointment. You can also book through the online reservation tool.