There are several types of sedation dentistry and your dentist will discuss each option with you prior to your treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With this type of sedation, you will be prescribed a sedative by your dentist. You need to take the sedative an hour before your appointment. For patients who have a high level of dental anxiety, the dentist may also opt to prescribe a sedative which should be taken an hour before bed time, on the night before the procedure. Someone needs to drive you to and from your appointment because patients who have received oral sedation are not allowed to drive for a minimum of 24 hours subsequent to their appointment.
Also known as IV sedation, this type of sedation dentistry is given to provide pain relief during a dental procedure. The patient is injected with a sedative before procedures like tooth extraction (especially wisdom teeth extraction) and as a result, the patient will no longer experience any pain and will become drowsy. This option is a safer alternative to anesthesia, particularly for patients diagnosed with heart disease as well as children with certain medical problems. With Intravenous Sedation, the patient can breathe on their own.
Also known as laughing gas, this is the most widely used sedation option in the field of dentistry. It is administered by inhalation, and the patient will feel happy, elated and slightly dizzy. The nitrous oxide works really fast and also leaves your system quickly after your treatment. You’re not required to have someone else drive you home after.
If you are anxious about your dental procedure, we’re happy to discuss your options to relieve pain and anxiety. You may call our office to schedule appointment.