Sometimes, a patient may need to be sedated before undergoing a dental procedure. There are many different types of sedation that may be used. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the most common forms of sedation that are used in dental offices.
1. Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is delivered through a mask that is placed over the nose. For patients who are agitated or nervous, nitrous oxide may be administered to help them to feel more calm and relaxed. The effects of nitrous oxide are mild and it is safe and quickly eliminated from the body.
2. Oral Sedation
Oral sedation is a bit stronger than nitrous oxide. It should not render you unconscious, but it will make you feel quite tired. If you are going to receive oral sedation at a dental appointment, you should make sure you have a ride home as it may be unsafe for you to drive yourself for a few hours after you have received your oral sedation.
3. General anesthesia
Occasionally, it may be necessary for you to be completely unconscious during a dental procedure. If this is the case, you will be administered general anesthesia. Before receiving general anesthesia, you will need to pass a physical examination.
If you have any questions about what form of anesthesia you may receive prior to your dental procedure, give us a call. We’ll be happy to explain the full effects of each type of anesthesia to you. We can also discuss your anesthesia options when we meet for a consultation. Anesthesia is often an excellent means of decreasing the anxiety and pain that many patients tend to associate with visits to the dentist’s office.