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Does the idea of visiting the dentist make you uncomfortable? Would you rather deal with the discomfort caused by a toothache than schedule an appointment? If so, sedation dentistry might be what you need. Similarly, if you suffer from very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or need extensive dental work, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.

But do you know how many options you have? To help you make an educated choice, we’re excited to discuss three of the more common types of sedation available.

  • Your dentist may also give you a pill to swallow the night before and another to take an hour before your appointment. Your dentist may adjust the number of pills and the dosage. With this type of sedation, you may fall asleep, though you can usually be woken up with a light shake.
  • Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, may be the most common type of sedation employed. This particular type of sedation works quickly, usually within a few minutes. Generally, the effects will wear off just as quickly.
  • IV sedation is a drug that is administered directly through a vein. This allows the medication to work very quickly, and it allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation when necessary. Generally, you will remain awake, though you will probably be less aware during the procedure. This method of sedation does require some recovery time, so you should consider bringing someone with you.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you soon.