Nitrous oxide is the mildest and most commonly used administration of sedation dentistry. During this process, your dentist will place a mouthpiece that distributes the nitrous oxide and puts you into a relaxed state. This anesthetic also reduces pain and anxiety.
Oral sedation is the next step up from nitrous oxide and involves the use of anxiety medication. Oral sedation will also put you into a state of deep calm; however, the effect can last several hours after taken, which means you will need to have someone drive you have following the procedure.
IV (intravenous) sedation is the most intensive form of sedation. This type of sedation dentistry puts the patient into a sleep-like state for an extended period of time. Patients who have this type of sedation generally experience amnesia during and after the procedure. Because of the intensity and aftereffects, you will need to have someone drive you home and stay with you until the effects have worn off following the procedure.
IV sedation makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit in many cases.
Don’t wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask us about what type of sedation is right fit for you.