Dental anxiety and fear plague thousands of Americans. Sedation dentistry allows patients to safely receive dental care without fear or anxieties. Sedation dentistry can be taken by mouth or through injection. Every sedative is performed by sedation dentistry professional. In some cases, sedatives will be administered the night before and will require patients to receive a ride to their appointment. Sedation dentistry benefits include no anxiety, pain, and various safe options.
Types of Sedatives
Sedatives can be mild, moderate, and deep depending on the patient’s needs. The dentist will analyze the patient’s medical history before safely administering the sedative.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose and is administered throughout the procedure.
Intravenous sedation is a moderate sedative. An IV sedation is used for shorter dental treatments. It is administered by injection into the bloodstream.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an alternative choice for people who have a fear of needles. Oral medication is provided before treatment to induce a moderate state of sedation. Some of the most common drugs used in oral conscious sedation are Valium®, Halcion®, Ativan®, and Versed®.