Sedation Dentistry: Types of Sedation

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Sedation dentistry can help people who are anxious about dental procedures. With sedation, you will be asleep, so you won’t have to bear the anxiety or pain involved in your care.

Types of Sedation for Sedation Dentistry

There are many different types of sedation available. This is what we use at my clinic for sedation dentistry in Vancouver, WA.

Inhaled Sedation

Inhaled sedation produces a minimal sedative effect. It is most often used to help you reduce anxiety or fear about going to the dentist. The drug is nitrous oxide, which is delivered to you through a face mask. You will feel relaxed, and the effects wear off shortly after the face mask is removed.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation for dental work involves taking a pill 30 to 60 minutes before your procedure begins. The pills are usually a narcotic opioid that produce a calming effect. Valium and Halcion are two common options. Oral sedation produces minimal to moderate sedative effects. Your speech may be slurred, and you may nap during the procedure. Oral sedation can leave you feeling groggy, so have someone drive you home after your dental procedure.

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous sedation produces moderate to deep sedation. The effects begin within minutes of the dentist inserting the intravenous line into your vein. The dentist is able to adjust the amount of medication that you receive. This is an ideal solution for longer or complicated dental procedures. You may fall asleep during IV sedation. The effects can linger for a few hours after the IV is removed, so have someone drive you home.

Contact Us for Sedation Dentistry

When you are considering sedation dentistry in Vancouver, WA to reduce anxiety or pain from dental care, give the office of Burke Jardine DMD a call today.

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