Understanding The Types of Sedation Dentistry

Visiting the dentist can be a source of anxiety, worry, and despair for many people. At the same time, you already know that oral health is crucial for your overall health and for having a beautiful smile.

That’s why many patients turn to sedation dentistry. In this article, let’s go over the common forms of dental sedation that can help you relax.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”) produces feelings of relaxation and euphoria when inhaled. You will wear a small and comfortable mask over your nose, and breathe normally. The nitrous oxide will then melt your fears away and you’ll enter into a pleasant and relaxed state.

Once your dental procedure is complete, your dentist will typically use a jet of pure oxygen to flush all the nitrous oxide out of your system. After the mask is removed, you will no longer be under any sedation and can typically drive immediately and return to work (but always double-check with your medical or dental provider). Nitrous oxide is a great choice for mild sedation and can significantly improve dental visits for the patient who is experiencing worry or anxiety.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is the process of taking a small pill that will allows you to relax during your dental procedure. You can simply recline comfortably in the dental chair and you’ll start to feel pleasant and sleepy feelings; you may feel afterwards like you were asleep during the procedure. After the procedure is complete, the patient will need someone else to drive them home.

Combination Dental Sedation Techniques

In cases where you have larger amounts of anxiety or want to get through a very complex procedure, you can used a mix combination of sedation techniques. By mixing both nitrous oxide and oral sedation, you can reach the highest levels of sedation and relaxation. During the procedure, all your vital signs will be closely monitored by your dentist.

Sedation dentistry might be right for you if…

*You experience fear or anxiety at the idea of visiting the dentist.

*You would like complicated procedures performed, or multiple procedures on the same visit.

*You desire to feel complete relaxation during your visit.

*You dislike the sights sounds at at the dental office.

*You find it difficult to get numb through traditional anesthetics.

*You have difficulty keeping your jaw open, or easily gag.

While dentistry can be worrying for some people, dental sedation can help ease those fears and allow you to experience the kind of care you want to receive. Inquire with your dentist to see if sedation techniques can be right for you.

About the Author
To receive the highest quality and standard of care in the Michigan area, you can visit Dr. Liu’s sedation dentistry in Lansing. Dr. Liu received his his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry in 2000, and completed dental implant studies at the Misch Institute and received a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID). He is the 407th dentist in US and Canada to obtain this honor. Dr. Liu also specializes in the Immediate Smile Lansing procedure.


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