Types of Dental Sedation

There are several types of dental sedation that you can discuss with your dentist.  Based on your health, any health conditions, any medication you might be taking and the extent of the work you are having done, you and your dentist can work together to decide which form of dental sedation will be the safest and most effective for your situation.

The three most common forms of dental sedation are inhaled sedation, oral sedation and IV sedation.  All of these forms of dental sedation allow the patient to remain awake during the course of their appointment.  This allows them to be responsive to instructions from the dentist and able to alert the dentist if they are having any pain or anxiety.

Inhaled sedation is commonly referred to as laughing gas or nitrous oxide.  This form of sedation is only used for short periods of time on its own, or longer periods of time when mixed with oxygen.  It is important that your dental care provider be aware of the mixture you are getting as a patient and that they continuously monitor your condition while you are under the effects of the sedation.

Oral sedation can be prescribed prior to your dental appointment to alleviate any anxiety ahead of time.  However, you will want to ensure that your dentist has been trained on how to properly prescribe and monitor a patient who has taken an oral sedative and are aware how it may interact with patients with health conditions or patients who are taking other medications.

IV sedation is administered intravenously either through the arm or the back of the hand.  As with the other forms of dental sedation, it is important that your dentist has experience and training regarding this form of sedation.  The patient’s pulse and oxygen levels must be monitored at all times during your dental procedures.

While it is very possible to have a more positive experience with dental sedation, you can see how it is vital that your dentist be properly trained on how to administer dental sedation.  It is equally important that you are closely monitored while under all forms of dental sedation to prevent any complications from arising.

If you have any questions about safe dental sedation, please call us at Progressive Dental Care Center.

Understanding Safe Dental Sedation

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