Do you need a little help to relax in the dentist’s chair? We get it. Our clinic offers sedation dentistry from outsourced anesthesiologists via nitrous sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Sedation is available for everything from simple dental procedures to more intensive treatments so that your anxiety won’t prevent you from getting the care you need.
The different types of sedation depends on the procedure, and you aren’t necessarily asleep unless your procedure calls for general anesthesia or deep sedation.
Nitrous sedation, commonly referred to as “laughing gas” is administered through a breathing mask placed over the patient’s nose to help the patient relax. The doctor is in control of the amount of gas administered, and the patient is able to drive themselves home afterwards since the gas wears off rather quickly.
Oral sedation can be given as a pill in a small dose to help the patient relax before the procedure, or in a larger dose for moderate sedation, where the patient may actually fall asleep during the procedure, but is easily woken up.
IV sedation is the heavier method of sedation, and either makes the patient completely unconscious or almost unconscious for the procedure. The effects of IV sedation need to wear off completely or be reversed via medication before the patient can wake up and function normally.