Sedation dentistry is a practice that uses different medications to help patients stay calm and relaxed while in the dental chair. If you or your child have dental anxiety or have had previous bad experiences with another provider, our sedation dentistry services can make you feel more comfortable.
Types of Sedation
In any dental practice, there are many different types of sedation that can be offered, depending on the specific procedure:
- Inhaled. Commonly known as “laughing gas”, this is a fast-acting sedating medication that also wears off quickly. You’ll be able to drive yourself home after receiving laughing gas.
- Oral. Oral sedation may be recommended for patients with extreme anxiety about dental procedures, especially children. An oral pill will be administered about an hour before the dental procedure so that the patient feels groggy or tired throughout the appointment.
- IV sedation. With this type of sedation, the medication is administered via an IV into a vein. Sedation levels can be continuously adjusted throughout the procedure.
- General anesthesia. Sometimes called “deep sedation,” this option will make you sleep throughout the entire procedure. It is most commonly used for wisdom tooth extraction and other major jaw surgeries.
In addition to sedation dentistry, we also provide a local anesthetic with most of our procedures. This involves a numbing medication that is administered into the gums with a needle. Whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled or experienced a dental injury that we need to treat, a local anesthetic is a good first step for pain relief.
Ask Us about Sedation Dentistry
There are many reasons that you might want to use sedation dentistry during your appointment. If you have a fear of the dentist or other anxieties, sedation is a safe and comfortable treatment method that allows us to get all necessary work done in one appointment. Other procedures – specifically extractions and surgery – are also more easily tolerated if you are sedated.
Talk to us today to learn more about our sedation dentistry offerings.