What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is dentistry performed while the patient is in a relaxed or sleeping state (depending on the type of sedation used). Sedation offers patients a safe, practical option for treatment without the anxiety that often accompanies a visit to the dentist. The availability of sedation dentistry allows many patients to undergo treatment when they actually need it, rather than pushing off work because they are fearful (often leading to more serious conditions down the road). Any procedure offered at our office can be performed while a patient is sedated, often allowing us to accomplish more in a single visit than we could otherwise.
What are the different types of sedation dentistry?
There are three different types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is inhaled in the dental chair and causes you to go into a very relaxed state during your treatment. Oral conscious sedation is delivered via a small pill that you take prior to arriving for your appointment. You will be relaxed but awake during your procedure, able to communicate with our staff, and aware of all of the work being done. IV sedation is administered in our office by a board certified anesthesiologist. You will be asleep during your procedure, unaware of the work being done and remember nothing (this state is sometimes referred to as a “twilight state”). Most phobic patients who come to our office for sedation dentistry choose the IV sedation method for these reasons.