When Does A Dentist Put You To Sleep?

Often called ‘being put to sleep’, sedation dentistry is an important part of oral health at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas. Sedation dentistry can make procedures like root canals and extractions more comfortable. Did you know that most procedures at Singla Dental do not require you to be unconscious? Actually, only general amnesia puts a person completely ‘asleep’. Dr. Singla at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas may use a numbing agent or laughing gas to make you more comfortable during your procedure. Here is more information about the three main types of agents used to ‘put people to sleep’.

1. Going To Sleep

Usually, to make patients unconscious, your dentist will put an IV in your arm. This is a safer way to administer medication. In rare circumstances, general amnesia is used in the dental office. Be sure to check with Dr. Singla before your procedure if you are using this type of sedation dentistry.

2. Laughing Gas

For less invasive procedures, Dr. Singla at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas may use laughing gas to put you in a dream-like state. With this sedation tool, you may be able to drive home because the effect goes away quickly.

3. Numbing Agent  

During a root canal or cavity filling procedure, Dr. Singla may use a local anesthetic that will numb the area they are working on. Although you will be awake during the procedure, the numbing agent will will make the procedure more comfortable for you.

4. Medications

For patients who are nervous about their regular dental appointments, an oral medication may help calm their nerves during the procedure. If you are nervous about your next visit, let Dr. Singla at Singla Dental know. They may write you a prescription to take before the visit.

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Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

There are a number of reasons that Dr. Singla at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas may recommend sedation dentistry. Typically, these medications are used in larger procedures, but they can be used for dental phobias. Another reason is if local anesthetics or numbing did not work in the past or if you have a particularly small mouth. Most people can benefit from sedation during invasive dental procedures like root canals or extractions. If you are putting off a necessary dental procedure because you are afraid it will be painful, don’t worry! Dr. Singla and their team will make you comfortable throughout the procedure with sedation dentistry.

Laughing gas, medications, ‘going to sleep’, and numbing agents can make your next dental visit more comfortable. For more information about the sedation dentistry options available at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas or to plan you next visit, call (972)-298-4677 today!