A Look at the Different Dental Sedation Methods

Dental sedation is a revolutionary treatment that allows individuals with dental fear or phobia to obtain the dental care they need to maintain a healthy smile. Sedation dentistry may also be used for patients who are preparing for lengthy or invasive dental procedures, as well as on individuals with physical limitations such as back or neck problems. This article will take a closer look at the different types of dental sedation.

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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of inhaled minimal sedation that wears off rather quickly. This type of dental sedation is administered through a mask placed over the nose and is designed to induce a mild state of relaxation rather than provide pain relief.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation may be classified as minimum or moderate sedation depending on the dosage used. Most oral sedation methods are given in pill form, and include medications that belong to the benzodiazepine family—such as Xanax, Valium, and Halcion. This form of sedation is one of the more commonly used methods, as it makes patients extremely relaxed and stress-free, while still allowing them to cooperate with their dentist’s instructions.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is another common method used in dentistry that allows the patient to remain conscious and cooperate with instructions without remembering much of the appointment. In fact, some patients feel as if they have slept through the entire treatment when under IV sedation.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a form of deep sedation that renders the patient completely unconscious. However, general anesthesia is usually only reserved for major procedures, such as those required following a traumatic injury or other dental emergency.

Dr. Seidler with Sanford Dental Excellence offers oral and intravenous sedation for individuals with dental anxiety, those who have significant time constraints, and patients preparing to undergo extensive treatments. Find out if dental sedation is right for your needs by calling our Sanford or Lake Mary dentists at 407-268-6409.

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