One method of getting rid of fear when going to the dentist is sedation. The type of sedation used is called intravenous or IV sedation. This is usually given through an injection in either the hand or arm. The dose you will be given will depend upon the treatment needed and length of time it will take to complete the surgery. This type of sedation will make you become drowsy and unaware of any treatment but will allow you to co-operate with the dentist. You will be told how long the effects of IV sedation will last and you will be told not to drink alcohol, drive or work with machinery in the meantime.
Another method to help relaxation is through an inhalation sedation called ‘relative analgesia’. This includes breathing in laughing gas, a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which will lead to you feeling pleasant and relaxed. At the same time the dentist will help put you at ease, by talking to you and suggesting how you feel. The mixture is breathed in through a very comfortable nose piece. As it is just a gaseous mix you can’t overdose on it and you are able to drive a car only 15 minutes after your surgery. As this is very safe and effective it is used by many dentists.
Using the techniques above it is easy for you to undergo dental surgery without having to be scared. No longer do you need to be worried about passing out whilst you’re there, as all good dentists will have relaxation available for you during your treatment.