Custom Sedation Tailored to You
Sedation dentistry uses anti-anxiety and other sedative medications to complete dental procedures. Sedation can be used to help patients relax during treatment and each type of sedation has different effects. We offer our patients three types of sedation.
Laughing gas is a great anesthetic. While it won’t treat pain, it will calm you down considerably and many patients elect to have it administered during their treatment. The doctors will administer a reasonable amount so that you can remain aware of your surroundings and can respond to instructions. Nitrous oxide has the advantage of leaving your system fairly quickly.
You have the option of taking oral anti-anxiety medications prior to any procedure. These offer a mind-tingling numbness and heavy sedative effects. While you will remain awake during the procedure, chances are, you won’t remember much of it. Your doctor will discuss what dosage and amount is appropriate for your situation. The sedative takes about 30 minutes to an hour to begin taking effect.
Depending on your unique circumstances, you may take your oral sedative as early as the night before your procedure or just 30 minutes to an hour prior. You can discuss what dosage, amount, and time would be best with your doctor during your consultation.