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What is sedation dentistry? Have you ever required a type of dental sedation to undergo a dental procedure? Is sedation dentistry safe? People often wonder how sedation dentistry works, and today’s blog reviews the basics of sedation to help patients feel reassured about any possible dental procedures that might be on their horizon.

Depending on the type of procedure your dentist or oral surgeon may be performing determines the level of sedation you may need. A mild sedation is commonly administered by a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. The patient breathes this mixture in via a mask placed over the nose. In this sedation, patients feel calm, relaxed, and aware. Nitrous oxide is generally used by patients with dental anxiety to relieve their anxiety during a procedure.

Moderate sedation is employed during a procedure where the patient is awake, though slightly groggy. This may be given through pill or drink form. It can also be administered via IV drip. Patients can typically answer questions during the procedure, and speech may be somewhat slurred. You can fall asleep during the treatment but are easily awakened.

Deep sedation is generally undergone via a slow IV drip. The patient will be unconscious during the procedure, and is used by patients undergoing a lengthy procedure. You will regain consciousness once the sedative wears off or is countered. You will want someone with you to drive you home after the procedure and stay with you until you are fully on your feet.

If you have any concerns about potential dental treatments and the sedation involved, please feel free to contact our office at 904-641-2655 and we will be happy to help you!