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What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation used include:
- Minimal sedation — you are awake but relaxed.
- Moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”) — You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
- Deep sedation — you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
- General anesthesia — you are completely unconscious.
What Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry?
The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
Inhaled minimal sedation.
IV moderate sedation.
Deep sedation and general anesthesia.
While mostly used for oral surgeries or time-consuming procedures, IV sedation can also alleviate severe anxiety or phobias associated with dentists, needles, or drills to make any dental procedure pleasant. If fear of the dentist keeps you from necessary treatment, ask us about IV sedation to ease you through any procedure.
Oraverse is a numbness reversal medication, which allows you to regain normal sensation in your mouth significantly faster. We administer Oraverse the same way local anesthetic is given (through an injection in the mouth) so that you return to your normal daily routine without any numbness or discomfort.
Nitrous Oxide (N20)
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
You may want to ask Dr. Burgess for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.