Comfortable, Relaxed Dentistry with Safe Sedation
For many patients, visiting the dentist can seem like a chore. For others, the mere thought of visiting the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and/or fear, and they may refuse to schedule an appointment, or receive necessary treatment. Dental sedation comes in a variety of forms to help alleviate dental fear so you can be calm and relaxed before and during your treatment. Dental sedation can also benefit patients who must undergo complex restorative treatment, such as root canal therapy or dental implants.
Types of Dental Sedation
The type of dental sedation you receive depends on the level of anxiety you experience or the extent of the procedure. Minor dental anxiety can often be alleviated with nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas – which is inhaled through a mask worn over the nose. The sedative is mild enough to be used even on children when necessary, and its effects dissipate almost immediately after the mask is removed.
Unlike nitrous oxide, oral sedation is a pill or liquid medication that can be taken the night before your appointment, and again in the morning just before your procedure. The sedative is stronger than nitrous oxide, and its effects can take longer to wear off. Therefore, we recommend bringing a responsible adult with you to drive you home after your treatment.
IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is the most profound sedation method and involves delivering the sedative directly into the bloodstream. A specialist will closely monitor you throughout the procedure, and you will still remain conscious enough to respond to the doctor’s prompts and react to stimulation.