All About Sedation Dentistry

Have you heard your dentist talk about sedation dentistry? Most dental practices offer this option as a way to keep patients comfortable and pain-free during dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry comes in a variety of levels and is safe and effective, allowing you to get through your dental appointment or procedure with minimal discomfort.

What Types of Sedation Are Available?

There are three main types of sedation available when it comes to dental procedures:

• Mild. The most common mild sedative used in the dental office is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This can help you to relax throughout your procedure, although you’ll stay conscious, and it can be reversed easily. Oral medications can also provide mild sedation.

• Moderate. This variety is called conscious sedation, and oral medicines are used to provide deeper relaxation during a procedure. Again, you’ll be conscious but very relaxed, and you’ll need to have a chaperone drive you home after your appointment.

• Deep. In deep sedation, you’ll likely fall asleep throughout your procedure, so it is best suited for longer appointments. You’ll wake up completely relaxed and shouldn’t have memory of the previous work. Again, it is important to have a driver to transport you home.

Why Should You Ask About Sedation Dentistry?

There are a variety of reasons that you might want to be sedated during your treatment. First, procedures can be lengthy, so sedation can make it easier to get through the process. Other procedures like oral surgery and extractions can be easier tolerated with sedation.

Many patients also choose sedation to relieve anxiety regarding dental work. If you are afraid of the dentist or don’t feel that you could tolerate a lengthy procedure, sedation is a comfortable and safe way to get the work done that you need.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry and how it might be able to help you, contact our office for more information.