A variety of methods can be used to make your dental experience more comfortable with less anxiety and can be used during restorative or surgical procedures. The type and depth of sedation can be discussed with your dentist.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
A safe, effective, and minimal sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax during dental treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed and is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Can range from minimal to moderate depending on the dosage taken an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you will still be awake. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people can become groggy enough to actually fall asleep during the procedure; however, they can be awakened with a gentle shake. A driver must be available to take you home after the procedure.
Conscious IV Sedation
A level of moderate sedation by receiving the sedative drug through a vein. Action of the sedation agent works more quickly, and a level of amnesia usually occurs. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation during dental treatment. A driver must be available to take you home after the procedure.
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