Lots of different patients need dental sedation. If you are having oral surgery, then a sedative will keep you relaxed and comfortable. However, more minor outpatient procedures might also use sedatives. Below, we’ll explore the different types of dental sedation and when you should choose each one.
When we think about the types of dental sedation out there, this is usually the one we think of first. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is a safe and easy way for us to ease a patient’s dental anxiety. A mask delivers the laughing gas to the patient. After a few deep breaths, you will feel better and will be able to relax. Laughing gas is used for all types of procedures, even simple cleanings and fillings. Nitrous oxide works quickly and also wears off quickly. This means you’ll feel like yourself again right after your procedure.
Oral medication is another popular type of sedation. Sometimes, patients will be prescribed a medicine to reduce pain, calm anxiety, or feel drowsy during their dental work. You will grab this medicine from your pharmacist and take it before your procedure. Be sure to follow your dentist’s directions carefully when taking oral sedation. Also remember to bring a trusted friend or family member to your appointment as someone will need to drive you home.
IV sedation is the medication that puts patients to “sleep”. It’s used for oral surgeries that are more complex. A small needle placed in your arm or hand delivers the sedation throughout your surgery. We’ll keep a close eye on your vital signs to ensure that you are safe during IV sedation. All you need to do is go to sleep, knowing that all dental work will be completed by the time you wake up.
Still Not Sure About Sedation?
If you’re still not sure which types of dental sedation are for you, then talk to your dentist. They can help you make the best choice for your needs. To speak with a dentist today, contact Royalty Dental Associates. Ready to book an appointment? Click the link above!