Sedation Dentistry

Ever wish you could sail through dental visits without anxiety or fear? Would you rather endure an agonizing toothache than go to the dentist? Answering “yes” to these questions could mean that you’re a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, you can forget about fear and focus on pure relaxation.

There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient. Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide helps you relax and wears off quickly. With Nitrous oxide you will be able to drive yourself home, but will remember all the treatment rendered. Oral sedation is a form of sedation that will greatly reduce anxiety and provide a moderate level of amnesia (loss of memory.)

Conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes greater levels of anxiety reduction, drowsiness, and a high level of amnesia. IV sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly. With IV sedation, most patients fall asleep but can be easily awakened.