Sedation dentistry is a great way to achieve oral health care and a healthy smile.  Before deciding to undergo sedation dentistry, however, you should be aware of the types of sedation dentistry.

Sedation looks to take away some of the anxiety felt by most patients who get cold feet while sitting at the dentist’s chair. Sedation could be used from something as simple as general teeth cleaning, to more extensive procedures such as root canals. There are many types of sedation dentistry that cater to different types of people.

One of the well-known types of sedation dentistry is Inhaled Minimal Sedation, also known as Nitrous Oxide Sedation. In this type of sedation, you breathe nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” This type of gas would help you relax, and make you forget about the entire procedure. In fact, patients will even forget that they are at the dentist’s office in the first place. The effects of the gas tend to wear off momentarily, and you are generally able to drive yourself home afterwards.

Yet another type of sedation dentistry that most dentists recommend is Oral Sedation. Depending on the type of treatment you will be getting, oral sedation can either be minimal or moderate. The effects can make you feel drowsy, and can make you even fall asleep depending on the amount of sedation you receive.

One of the more extreme types of sedation dentistry is IV moderate sedation. As the name suggests, the sedative is received by the patient through a IV (needle). Patients are completely unconscious during the procedure.

When deciding on which of the types of sedation dentistry to take, it is better to do your research first. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about sedation dentistry. Contact us today!