Types of Sedation Dentistry

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Anxiety about dental care is common among adults, and the dental industry has finally addressed this issue by making several types of sedation dentistry options more readily available. If you or a member of your family experiences mild to severe anxiety during dental appointments, you may want to check out the relaxation techniques that are becoming more popular for curbing fear.

At Sheridan Dental, we believe that oral sedation is the safest, most effective way to ease patients into necessary dental treatment and help them overcome their fears. Below, we describe the various options for sedation dentistry, including oral sedation, to show you how you can keep your teeth and gums healthy in spite of bad past experiences.

General Anesthesia for Unconscious Sedation

This deep sedation state renders the patient unconscious so they are unaware during dental treatments. An anesthesiologist is on hand to monitor brain, breathing, and other system activity. Although the idea of being “knocked out” may appeal to fearful patients, we do not recommend it as it is expensive, more risky than other methods, and does not address the problem of anxiety.

IV Sedation for Heavy Relaxation

IV sedation dentistry uses medication pumped in through the patient’s veins to achieve direct and instantaneous relaxation. IV sedation is a heavy-duty method of sedation that requires an anesthesiologist and is more invasive than oral sedation or nitrous oxide. IV sedation patients are also conscious during their treatment.

Nitrous Oxide for Light Relief

Nitrous, or laughing gas, is a method of sedation dentistry where patients breathe this approved medication through an air mask to reach the desired level of relaxation. Nitrous helps anxious patients feel happy and at ease and allows them to sit through treatment while being conscious and alert.

Oral Sedation for an Easy Experience

Oral sedation involves taking a mild sedative prior to your visit. The sedative will put you in a very relaxed state but still allow you to be responsive during treatment. The FDA-approved sedative takes just a few hours to wear off and does not require the services of an anesthesiologist.

During your free dental consultation, Dr. Sheridan will explain how sedation dentistry works and let you know what to expect with oral sedation. Please contact Sheridan Dental today to set up your informative appointment.

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