I want to get some dental work done, but I get very anxious. I’ve been told dental sedation is a good solution for that. However, someone told me that I won’t remember the appointment. I think they meant that as a good thing, but to be honest that scared me even more. I don’t want to not know what happens to me. Is there a way to get medicine to relax me that will keep my memory intact?
You have a couple of options here. First, there are different types of dental sedation. The lightest is nitrous oxide. This does not cause any memory loss. It is administered by breathing through a nosepiece. It is strong enough to relax you but not cause you to lose your memories. Once your procedure is done, the dentist will switch from nitrous to oxygen. This will ensure you are completely lucid before you leave the office and you’ll be able to get on with your day as normal.
A second, stronger type of dental sedation is done with oral conscious sedation. This is administered by a pill. However, the strength requires that you have someone drive to and from your appointment as well as stay with you for a few hours afterward until you are lucid and steady on your feet again. Be aware that not all dentists offer this option. Nitrous, on the other hand, can be gotten from almost any dentist.
Obviously, given your concerns, you would want to try the lightest form of sedation. However, if your anxiety is so high that nitrous isn’t as effective as you’d like, you will be better off with the oral conscious sedation. Because you are worried about memories, you could always talk to the dentist about your concerns. I am certain he would allow someone to join you in the operatory so you can feel safe and secure.
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