Many Alaska cosmetic dentistry patients have discovered the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sedation dentistry). There are two main types of sedation options available in Alaska.
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in Alaska cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work quickly, but then wears off as soon as the dental patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide can produce warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.
Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous Alaska dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by Alaska physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. A Southern Alaska conscious sedation patient should not plan to drive home after undergoing oral sedation.