An Overview of the Different Types of Dental Sedation

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If you have a strong gag reflex, an aversion to needles, or some other issue that causes difficulty during dental procedures, you’ll find that dentistry with sedation can help. Likewise, many patients with dental anxiety or dental phobia can benefit greatly from sedation dentistry. If you are interested in sedation, read on to learn more about the various options:

Oral Sedation 
Oral sedation is typically the lightest form of sedation, and involves taking a medication by mouth. Usually, a patient will take the medication approximately half an hour before the appointment in order to produce a calming effect.

Nitrous Oxide 
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, may be the most commonly recognized form of sedation dentistry. The gas is inhaled via a mask before and throughout the dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is also a light sedative, and produces a calming, euphoric effect. The effects of nitrous oxide begin to wear off immediately after its discontinuation.

I.V. Sedation 
I.V. sedation is administered via an intravenous line. It produces a moderate amount of sedation, commonly referred to as conscious sedation. The patient is awake and responsive throughout the procedure, but usually has no memory of the experience after the medication has worn off. Many dentists and patients alike prefer this type of sedation over the alternatives because it is safe, effective and quick. Many patients report less discomfort after major dental procedure, most likely because they are so relaxed during the procedure that they do not feel tense or shift around.

General Anesthesia 
General anesthesia is usually reserved for complex oral surgeries or patients with extremely severe dental phobias. The patient is completely unconscious when under general anesthesia.

At Oak Creek Dental Care, we provide dentistry with I.V. sedation to patients who have dental phobias or may otherwise benefit from this type of dentistry. We also offer nitrous oxide with any dental procedure. Learn more about our dental services in Columbus, Ohio by visiting our blog. For an appointment, call (614) 882-5525.

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