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. Conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form. IV deep sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly. With IV sedation, many patients fall asleep but can be easily awakened. General anesthesia, you are completely unconscious and cannot be easily awakened. General anesthesia requires the services of an anesthesiologist, since the patient is unable to breath, swallow or cough. Conversely, with mild to moderate sedation, there is no need for an anesthesiologist, protective reflexes are intact, you swallow and breath on your own, yet you may sleep, you are relaxed and remember little or nothing of your procedure.