Sedation dentistry makes it possible for a healthy individual to undergo a routine dental procedure with little or no memory of the experience. There are many reasons why a patient could prefer sedation. Some may have had negative dental experiences in the past, while others may be concerned about the length or processes in an upcoming procedure. Regardless of why a patient prefers sedation, our office is prepared to accommodate those needs with either oral or IV sedation – each of which offers distinct benefits.
Oral sedation is a light to moderate form of sedation used to treat patients who may be experiencing some anxiety or fear prior to a dental procedure. Oral sedation is given in the form of a pill about an hour prior to dental procedures. After taking the tablet on an empty stomach, the body begins to become more relaxed. Patients are awake during their visits, but the light sedation allows for a more relaxing and pleasant experience.
It is impossible to know exactly how effective oral sedation will be from patient to patient, as the medication is prescribed in a premeasured dosage, rather than monitored for the duration of the procedure. However, the majority of patients do not fall asleep, but typically become more relaxed than is possible with traditional ‘laughing gas.’
IV sedation is a much more in depth form of
sedation dentistry that is used to treat patients who do not wish to
remember the details of their dental procedures. This type of
sedation is highly effective for patients who are suffering from
severe anxiety or who need to undergo a prolonged procedure in fewer
office visits than could be possible without sedation.
For more information about sedation dentistry, or to find out if it is right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation. We look forward to meeting with you soon!