When the whole point of sedation dentistry is to help you be less afraid of dental care, it can sound a little strange to be afraid of the sedation part!
But don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal to be a bit anxious if it’s a new experience. The reality is that sedation could be the solution to your dental fears. Let’s take a minute to review what you can expect to experience.
Kinds of Sedation
General Sedation – This is the deepest level of sedation. You are out cold! This is not typically used for routine dental procedures. It’s usually only oral surgeons or anesthesiologists and their highly-qualified team that provide this sedation for advanced and lengthy operations.
Moderate Intravenous sedation – This is medication administered through an IV by a trained doctor. You will still be alert and able to respond to commands. This medication is adjusted according to your need.
Oral Sedation – Oral sedation has a minimal to moderate effect. It won’t put you out completely. You won’t remember much afterwards, but you’ll still be conscious for the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is instantly reversible and has no lasting effects. It helps you relax and is the safest method for kids.
How Sedation Helps
Sedation can help you to view dental care in a positive light. Ease your concerns further by communicating openly with dentist. Ask about which option right for you, how to prepare, and what safety precautions are in place. With a little planning, sedation in dentistry can be an extremely helpful tool and nothing to be afraid of!
Posted on behalf of:
Dona Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
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