Sedation dentistry is a type of dental care that uses medication to help patients relax and feel comfortable during dental procedures. There are several different types of sedation dentistry, each with its own benefits and risks.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous oxide is the most common type of sedation dentistry. It is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and pain during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and combines with oxygen to create a calming effect. Patients who receive nitrous oxide are still awake and aware of their surroundings, but they feel relaxed and comfortable.
Oral sedation is another type of sedation dentistry that is often used for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. Oral sedatives are taken by mouth and can help to reduce anxiety, relax muscles, and promote sleep. Patients who receive oral sedation are usually drowsy and may fall asleep during the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) sedation
IV sedation is a more advanced type of sedation dentistry that is used for patients with severe anxiety or who need to undergo lengthy dental procedures. IV sedatives are injected into a vein and can provide a deep level of sedation that allows patients to sleep through the entire procedure.
Dr. Erakat will review and advise the best type of sedation dentistry that is right for you.