Types of Sedation Dentistry

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Dentists have several types of sedation to choose from to help patients overcome anxiety and fear, or involuntary muscle movements characteristic of diseases like Parkinson’s. Three common types of sedation dentistry are IV sedation, nitrous oxide gas sedation and oral sedation. Sedation differs from local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry relaxes patients.

Anesthetics prevent pain. Both are administered in the dental office. General anesthesia puts patients into a deep sleep, and often requires the procedure to be done in a hospital and by an oral surgeon, or anesthesiologist. Nitrous Oxide Nitrous oxide gas has been used for many years to sedate patients during dental treatment. Most of us know nitrous oxide by the name “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide takes effect within a breath or two and wears off within minutes of removing the source of the gas. IV Sedation IV sedation involves injecting the sedative into a vein through an intravenous needle.

Again, the sedation wears off quickly after the medication is stopped. IV sedation requires special training, and many states require certification. Oral Sedation Oral sedation is now the most common form of sedation dentistry. It is administered by pill taken an hour or so before your appointment. The effects of oral sedation wear off more slowly than with nitrous oxide or IV medications. This prolonged drowsiness requires you to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry in Beverly Hills, California please contact Dr. Kevin Sands at his cosmetic dentistry office for a person consultation.