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Types of Sedation Dentistry

Have you ever suffered from dental anxiety out of fear that you will experience pain during a service or procedure? Fortunately, with the help of sedation dentistry, you can minimize pain for all threshold levels, up to and including unconsciousness. Listed below are some of the most common forms of sedation used in dentistry today:

  • One common form is gas sedation, also called inhaled minimal sedation. Gas sedation uses a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide to form laughing gas, which is excellent for helping patients relax.
  • Sedation via pills that are ingested orally is called oral sedation. Pills can take up to an hour to work, but depending on the dosage, they are capable of causing a mild relaxation up to a total sleep-state.

  • A fast-acting form of sedation called IV moderate sedation directly injects sedatives into your bloodstream. Dosage can be adjusted accordingly.
  • The most well-known and common form of sedation is deep sedation, also called general anesthesia. With anesthesia medications, you can be put to sleep and will remain so until the effects entirely wear off.
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