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Sedation Dentistry: Comfort in the Dentist’s Chair

2If you are one of the millions of people who get anxious about a visit to the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry may be the solution for them to finally be comfortable. It can be used with virtually any procedure, from serious treatments to simple cleanings. Essentially, dentists use medication to relax patients. That being said, there are many different sedation levels and methods that a number of dental practices offer.

Levels of Sedation
While the word “sedation” often goes hand in hand with sleeping, it’s not always the case. Depending on the medication and dosage levels, dentists can sedate patients so that they are anywhere between fully unconscious and fully awake. With minimal sedation, patients are awake, but relaxed. General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation where patients are unconscious. It is often reserved for major or extensive procedures. Patients can be sedated in levels between these two extremes to find the ideal degree of comfort.

Types of Sedation
There are a few different sedation options available, and each has its own pros and cons. Laughing gas is one of the most common types of sedation used. A mask is placed over the patient’s face to administer nitrous oxide. Laughing gas helps to relax patients while keeping them responsive. IV sedation is a method that’s growing in popularity. With this method, medication is administered through the vein. Because of this, it takes effect much faster. Experienced dentists also have full knowledge and control of the dosage of medication used, allowing patients to safely receive the required amount to be comfortable.


May 20, 2015 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | ,

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