We will help you decide the type of sedation that’s right for you. Your dental procedure, overall health, history of allergies, anxiety levels will all determine the best approach on your case.
Sedation dentistry involves administration of oral sedative drugs for procedures that take an extensive amount of time and is best for people with dental anxiety or for children who cannot control their movements. Some medications help create more tranquil, relaxed dental visits, while others control pain, and may even put you into a deep sleep. This can be done for patients of all ages. With the exception of those put under general anesthesia, most patients are usually awake during sedation.
Types of Sedation
A conscious form of sedation that involves the use of nitrous oxide commonly known as “laughing gas” to help you relax. It is mild enough to keep a patient conscious and strong enough to suppress pain during treatments. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after your dental visit.
Delivered by mouth (pills) to calm and relax patients. Oral sedative medications are usually given the night before or half an hour before dental procedures depending on the severity of your anxiety. Depending on the dose, this can range from minimal (awake but relaxed) to moderate sedation (words are slurred, and some may not remember the entirety of the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Administered through the veins. The effect works quickly and your dentist can continually adjust your level of sedation.
Deep Sedation & General Anesthesia
Allows dentists to work on unconscious patients for treatments that are particularly painful, difficult and lengthy. It is also ideal for patients whose behavioral problems make it impossible for the dentist to carry out procedures in treatments or surgeries.