Which would you rather do: suffer from a toothache or visit your dentist? If you choose the toothache, sedation dentistry could be what you need. Similarly, if you suffer from very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or need extensive dental work, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.
Fortunately, there are many types of sedation, meaning there are many answers for a variety of patients. If you are interested in learning more about your options, please read about some of the most common sedation options, which include:
- Maybe the most common form of sedation is laughing gas. This particular type of sedation is inhaled through a special mask. Laughing gas will not usually put you to sleep, but you will be more relaxed and comfortable.
- Your dentist may also give you a pill to swallow the night before and another to take an hour before your appointment. Your dentist may adjust the number of pills and the dosage. With this type of sedation, you may fall asleep, though you can usually be woken up with a light shake.
- IV sedation is a drug that is administered directly through a vein. This allows the medication to work very quickly, and it allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation when necessary. Generally, you will remain awake, though you will probably be less aware during the procedure. This method of sedation does require some recovery time, so you should consider bringing someone with you.
To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. We are eager to hear from you.