What Types of Sedation Can You Get at the Dentist?
Posted on: 7 March 2023
Although it can be daunting to think about going to the dentist, several types of sedation can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during your appointment. But what do you need to know about the different kinds of sedation that are available at the dentist and how they work?
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is sometimes known as "laughing gas." It's a very popular form of sedation used by dentists because it is fast-acting yet mild. It is also one of the safest forms of sedation dentistry because it wears off quickly — usually within a few minutes after the mask is removed. Nitrous oxide is given to you through a face mask and works by calming patients while keeping them alert enough to answer questions and follow instructions from the dentist.
Oral sedatives are taken in pill form and work by making patients feel relaxed and drowsy. This type of sedation can take some time to kick in, so you will need to take this before you get your dental appointment. Remember that oral sedatives often cause grogginess after they wear off, so it's important to arrange for someone else to drive you home if you choose this type of sedation.
IV or intravenous sedation works quickly and allows dentists to control how deeply a patient is sedated throughout the procedure. IV anaesthesia also helps reduce pain sensations felt during dental procedures since it can be adjusted as needed throughout the treatment. Patients who receive IV sedation may not remember much or any part of their procedure afterwards due to its potency and general effect.
No matter what type of dental appointment you have coming up, several different types of dental sedation are available depending on your needs and preferences. However, it's important for you to let your dentist know if you have allergies or medical conditions. Also, let them know if you are taking any medications before the appointment. This will allow the dentist to administer the right kind of anaesthesia for maximum comfort during treatment. Your dentist should also explain all potential risks associated with each kind of anaesthesia before proceeding with any treatments. This will allow you to make an informed decision about which type is best for you.
Making the Appointments
If you're worried about a dental appointment and have any further questions about sedation, don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call the office. Remember, all the dental staff are there to help you and will put your mind at ease before the procedure.Share