What is sedation dentistry? Sedation is used by your dental professional to ensure that patients feel comfortable during a range of dental procedures. The type of procedure determines the level of sedation your dentist or oral surgeon employs.
Mild Sedation: this type of sedation is administered by nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen. All the patient needs to do is breathe it in via a mask which is placed over the nose, and is left feeling relaxed and awake. Dentists use this often with people who struggle with dental anxiety.
Moderate Sedation: This type of sedation is typically administered through a pill or fluid you might drink, or in some cases, by IV drip. During this type of sedation a patient is awake and aware but feels groggy. You would even be able to answer basic questions, although speech may be slurred. You may fall asleep during the procedure but can easily be awakened.
Deep Sedation: This type of sedation is typically administered via a slow drip IV. You will be rendered unconscious for the procedure. Deep sedation is commonly used during oral procedures which take some time. You will regain consciousness once the sedative wears off or is countered. You will be advised to have someone drive you home and stay with you until you are fully back on your feet.
If you have questions about dental sedation for a procedure you may be experiencing, please call us at 661.588.2772 to find out more.