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Does the idea of visiting the dentist make you uncomfortable? Would you rather deal with the discomfort caused by a toothache than schedule an appointment? If so, sedation dentistry might be what you need. Similarly, if you suffer from very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or need extensive dental work, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.

Fortunately, there are many types of sedation, meaning there are many answers for a variety of patients. To help you decide which type of sedation is best for you, we’re happy to discuss three of the most common:

  • Maybe the most common form of sedation is laughing gas. This particular type of sedation is inhaled through a special mask. Laughing gas will not usually put you to sleep, but you will be more relaxed and comfortable.
  • One sedation option is taking a pill before your visit. Based on your needs, your dentist may instruct you to take on pill the night before your treatment and an hour before your treatment or may tell you to only take one pill. Similarly, your dentist could give you a stronger or a weaker dose. With this form of sedation, you may fall asleep during your treatment, but your dentist will be able to wake you up with a slight shake.
  • Your dentist may also give you a pill to swallow the night before and another to take an hour before your appointment. Your dentist may adjust the number of pills and the dosage. With this type of sedation, you may fall asleep, though you can usually be woken up with a light shake.
  • IV sedation is a drug that is administered directly through a vein. This allows the medication to work very quickly, and it allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation when necessary. Generally, you will remain awake, though you will probably be less aware during the procedure. This method of sedation does require some recovery time, so you should consider bringing someone with you.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you soon.