Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Sedation dentistry may take away some of your anxiety and can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning.
What is Sedation Dentistry? Sedation dentistry medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. The levels of sedation used include:
• Minimal sedation: you are awake but relaxed
• Moderate sedation: you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
• Deep sedation – you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
What Types of Sedation are Used in Dentistry?
• Inhaled minimal sedation : you breathe nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) through a mask placed over your nose.
• Oral sedation: Depends on dose, sedation can range from minimum to moderate. For minimal sedation you take a pill. During your consult, Dr. Jackson will determine and discuss appropriate medication and prescription.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic (numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working on the mouth) to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.