Will I Feel Any Pain During Dental Sedation?

By: Dr. Monica Gobran


It's normal to have some anxiety when going to the dentist for any procedure. But with dental sedation, there's no need to worry about feeling pain during treatment. Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates is proud to offer oral sedatives, intravenous (IV) medications, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to improve comfort and reduce stress levels.

Want to learn more about dental sedation? Below, Dr. Monica Gobran describes how the process works and which type may best suit your needs. No matter your needs, our Worcester, MA dental office is dedicated to providing compassionate care and comprehensive support.

What are oral sedatives?

Oral sedatives are pills that are taken about an hour before a dental appointment. These medications don't completely knock you out, but they can make it easier to relax. Patients taking oral sedatives may feel drowsy or unaware of what's happening around them, but they'll remain conscious throughout the treatment.

Before prescribing a medication, Dr. Gobran will ask about your medical history and any allergies you may have. Inform us about any medications you're currently taking, as they may interact with the sedative. Rest assured that Dr. Gobran considers your safety and comfort before recommending any pills.

How does IV sedation work?

IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line inserted in the arm. This type of dental sedation offers a deeper level of relaxation than oral medications, and the effects can be felt almost immediately. Patients are usually conscious throughout their treatment but may not remember the event.

Our dental office will carefully monitor your vital signs during IV sedation and adjust the dosage as needed. Afterward, you'll remain in our office briefly until the medication has worn off and you're ready to go home. Dr. Gobran recommends arranging for a friend or family member to drive you home after IV sedation in Worcester, MA.

What are the benefits of laughing gas?

Nitrous oxide is a popular option among patients who experience dental anxiety. This colorless and odorless gas is administered through a small mask placed over the nose. You may feel a sense of euphoria or lightheadedness after inhaling the gas, and the effects wear off once the mask is removed.

Laughing gas is a great choice for those who feel nervous about their appointment but don't want to take pills or receive an IV. Plus, there's no need to set aside extra time since the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. Patients can easily drive themselves home after their appointment.

Are you still concerned about dental pain?

We understand that dental treatment can be a bit scary, but you don't have to worry about feeling excess pain or discomfort. Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates may combine sedation with local anesthesia for a more comfortable experience overall. We also provide detailed aftercare instructions so you can return to your regular activities as soon as possible.

Try dental sedation

Patients of all needs and backgrounds can benefit from dental sedation. To learn more about the various types of sedation offered at our Worcester, MA dental office, don't hesitate to contact us. Dr. Monica Gobran can explain the benefits and risks of each option and help you select the best choice for your needs. Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates looks forward to providing the care you need to improve your oral health.

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