Types of Sedation

Especially when it comes to oral surgery, dental patients are often curious about the many different varieties of dental sedation and which type they’ll receive. Depending on what procedure you’re getting and the discretion of your dentist, the sedative you’re administered will vary. Below are some of the most common types that dental patients receive and in which cases they’re most often used.

Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it’s more commonly referred to, is usually administered for mild procedures that typically aren’t as long or invasive. This type of local anesthesia can be used with patients who experience an uncomfortable amount of anxiety before a dental procedure. Under the influence of laughing gas, you’ll still be awake and responsive. However, you will feel much calmer and more relaxed even after a few minutes of breathing in the nitrous oxide mask. It also wears off very quickly afterward, so there is hardly any recovery time once the gas is removed. Laughing gas is even safe for children who have anxiety about going to your Round Rock dentist.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This type of treatment is usually given to patients during more intense visits that could take longer to complete as well. Procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction or a dental implant may warrant this type of anesthetic. The feeling for the patient can be described as if becoming sleepy or drowsy after taking the pill administered by a nurse, and then suddenly feeling as if they are waking up from a long sleep at the end of the procedure. A multiple hour oral surgery will feel like 30 minutes. This is a great option for patients who are worried or anxious about needles and are looking for something other than IV sedation.

IV Sedation

The feeling and effects of IV sedation and oral conscious sedation are quite similar. The main difference, of course, is that IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream by your nurse or doctor. IV sedation can wear off quickly or linger depending on the type of medication that your doctor chooses to administer. Stronger sedatives that cause the patient to have a decreased level of consciousness can be given via IV for intense procedures.

As always, consult with your Round Rock dentist about your level of anxiety and past medical history to find the best type of sedation for you during your treatment. Call us today at (512) 651-3036 to schedule your appointment or consultation with Clearview Dental.