Does the idea of visiting the dentist make you uncomfortable? Would you rather deal with the discomfort caused by a toothache than schedule an appointment? If so, sedation dentistry might be what you need. Similarly, if you suffer from very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or need extensive dental work, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.
Fortunately, there are many types of sedation, meaning there are many answers for a variety of patients. To help you decide which type of sedation is best for you, we’re happy to discuss three of the most common:
- IV sedation is a drug that is administered directly through a vein. This allows the medication to work very quickly, and it allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation when necessary. As with most types of sedation, you should stay awake with an IV—although you could be put to sleep. Please remember to bring someone to drive you home after IV sedation.
- Maybe the most common form of sedation is laughing gas. This particular type of sedation is inhaled through a special mask. Laughing gas will not usually put you to sleep, but you will be more relaxed and comfortable.
- Your dentist might give you a pill to swallow the night before and another to take an hour before your appointment. Your dentist may adjust the number of pills and the dosage. With this type of sedation, you may fall asleep, though you can usually be woken up with a light shake.
Would you like more information on sedation dentistry? Are you interested in learning more about one of the specific types of sedation? If so, please feel free to contact us soon. We are eager to hear from you.