In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on sedation dentistry and the unfortunate myths that have sprung up regarding it over the years. While we wish it were not the case, there’s lots of misinformation out there about this important realm of dentistry, one that allows for certain potentially painful procedures to be carried out without hurting the patient.

At Canyon Rim Dental, we’re here to set these kinds of myths straight while providing high-quality dental services in Salt Lake City, ranging from general dentistry solutions like cleanings and dental sealants up through emergency services and many dental procedures that may require sedation. Today’s part two of our series will debunk two more harmful myths surrounding sedation within our field, plus give a word on the importance of working with quality dental professionals who will keep you updated on all the correct information in this area.

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Nitrous Oxide is the Only Option

The most well-known type of dental sedation, largely due to the way it’s depicted in movies and TV shows, is the use of nitrous oxide. Also sometimes called “laughing gas” as a less official term, nitrous oxide is indeed a highly common and useful form of sedation, considered a mild sedative that allows for management of pain and anxiety during dental procedures.

However, there are some who believe that nitrous oxide is their only option for sedation, and this isn’t true. Rather, there are other forms: Oral conscious sedation (where the patient takes a pill in advance of the procedure) is also an option for some, as is IV sedation (for more severe cases of dental anxiety). If you’re someone for whom nitrous oxide isn’t an option, whether due to an allergy or some kind of past experience, you have others at your disposal.

It’s Fine for Anyone

While it’s true, as we went over in part one, that sedation dentistry is available to both children and adults, there may be some limitations here. In particular, sedation dentistry is often not recommended for pregnant women, especially those closer to birth. It also can’t be given to anyone with a known allergy to the sedation medications available – though, as we noted above, the fact that there are multiple forms of sedation available usually means this isn’t a huge concern. In addition, if you have any medical conditions that may put your health at-risk if you receive sedation, it will not be performed.

Value of Professional Expertise

This entire series, and all five myths we’ve gone over pertaining to sedation dentistry, simply illustrate the importance of working with quality dental professionals. Consider someone who is allergic to nitrous oxide, for instance, but has also heard the above myth that it’s their only option – they might give up and simply assume there’s no solution available, allowing their dental issue to persist for months or even years without treatment. But with a simple correction from a dentist like ours, this patient would realize they have other sedation dentistry options available, and the problem would be solved instantly.

For more on debunking the myths surrounding dental sedation, or to learn about any of our family dentistry services in Salt Lake City, speak to the staff at Canyon Rim Dental today.