Types of Sedation

Sedation is used at the dentist for a lot more than just wisdom teeth extraction. For some of you, being sedated during a dental procedure is a necessity. Sedation can help you feel calm, relaxed, and much more comfortable during your appointment.

An estimated 5-20% of Americans (millions of people) avoid going to the dentist out of fear or anxiety. People suffering from dental phobia may have trouble sleeping before an appointment, experience feelings of nervousness, or even get physically ill at the thought of going to the dentist.

Fortunately, there are ways to help those of you with dental phobia. We offer two different types of sedation for any services, from oral surgery to a simple, routine cleaning. Both of these are considered “conscious sedation,” which means you will remain awake, but very relaxed and comfortable. Be sure to ask us about your sedation options when you make your next appointment.

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Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask over your nose. It is a form of sedation that will help you relax during your dental procedure. It is a safe and effective way to ease your fears.

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Oral sedation usually comes in pill-form and taken about an hour before the procedure. Depending on the strength of the prescription, you may feel a light or moderate effect. You’ll be awake, but sleepy, during the procedure.

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