Sedation Dentistry: Which Option Should Your Dentist Use?

If you are afraid to visit the dentist because of the pain you might experience, sedation dentistry might seem like a great option. But there are several versions of sedation dentistry, and you will need to know what to expect when you're discussing your options with your dentist.

Mild Sedation 

Inhaled minimum sedation is one of the most basic forms of sedation, and you will most likely receive nitrous oxide. This option is colloquially known as laughing gas. The purpose of this treatment is to help you relax, and your dentist has control over how much you are sedated.

You will still experience everything, but you may find it easier to overcome your anxiety. You will also likely find the sedation to be pleasurable. You may prefer this option because it has the least side effects and you will recover more quickly.

Mild to Moderate Sedation

If your dentist believes that he or she must provide you with minimum to moderate sedation, the next option is to give you an oral sedative. You will take a pill an hour before the procedure.

This is the most common form of sedation, and a moderate amount may even be enough to cause you to fall asleep. However, you will wake up with a simple shake. However, in some cases, your dentist may find it more appropriate to use an IV sedative. This will allow him or her to better control the amount of sedatives that you will receive.

Oral sedation is common because it is one of the least expensive options. However, because the effects of sedation can be delayed and because sedatives can affect patients in different ways, there is no guarantee that this option will be effective enough. If your dentist believes that you have received too many sedatives, there is no way to reduce the dosage other than to wait for the effects to wear off.

Deep Sedation

Deep sedation and general anesthesia are used to place you in a state of unconsciousness. This is very common when you will undergo oral surgery. Of all the forms of sedation, this is the option that is the most pleasant because you will not experience the procedure at all.

However, the sedatives must be administered by a trained professional since the use of sedatives can be risky. You will be unresponsive and immobilized. You may also require breathing assistance. Regardless of which option you choose, a properly trained sedation dentist will be able to treat you with minimum pain and discomfort.