Sedation dentistry allows individuals a safe and anxiety-free dental experience for those that are fearful. Sedation dentistry is not to induce sleep. Most patients are awake for their procedure. The side effect of medications is sleepiness but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation work to calm anxiety. Sedation dentistry is taken by mouth and work effectively to provide a less stressful visit.
There are many types of sedatives but the most popular are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. They can be utilized in different levels: mild, moderate and deep. Nitrous oxide, laughing gas, is mild and delivered through the nose. It relieves anxiety and reduce pain during the procedure. IV sedation is moderate and injected into the bloodstream. It is usually for shorter treatments and patients can feel groggy. Oral conscious sedation is moderate and is taken orally. They do not cause sleep but help with pain.