Types of Sedation Dentistry

Most people don’t look forward to going to the dentist, yet some people suffer from intense dental anxiety. Those that suffer from dental anxiety may only go to the dentist in extreme circumstances, or avoid the dentist all together. Sedation dentistry can be used to help those with dental anxiety feel more comfortable during their dental visits so they can get the dental care they need in a relaxed and stress-free environment.

Types of Sedation

  1. Oral Sedation – Your dentist can prescribe an oral sedative that you can take about half an hour before your procedure. An anesthetic will also be used during more extensive procedure to provide pain relief. You will still be awake during the procedure, but in most cases, you won’t remember anything once the medication wears off. It is hard to determine when the effect of the medication will wear off so it is important to have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment.
  2. Intravenous Sedation – This type of sedation is given to you at the dental office through an IV. It is easier to control than oral sedation so it will generally wear off after the IV is removed. Like oral sedation, IV sedation won’t cause you to fall asleep and doesn’t provide pain relief so an anesthetic will be given to you during more extensive treatments.
  3. Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Nitrous oxide is a gas that is administered through a mask that will put you in a relaxed state. You may be on the brink of consciousness when under the effects of nitrous oxide, but you will still need anesthetic for pain relief. It is also easier to control than oral sedation so the effects wear off quickly and you can drive home or return to work.
  4. Anesthesia – When you are under general anesthesia, you will be fully unconscious and won’t be able to feel pain. This type of sedation is generally best for those who are receiving a longer or more extensive procedure.

Dental Sedation

Those with dental anxiety, sensitive gag reflexes, and low pain tolerance now can get dental care without worry. If you live in the Glendale, AZ area and would like to know more about sedation dentistry and the types of sedation we offer, please contact Dr. Vasudha Narra and her team at AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today!