Sedation Dentistry

A simple and safe way to make visits calm and comfortable.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the administration of a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and induce relaxation during dental visits, making treatment more pleasant.

Sedation dentistry does not put patients to sleep. In fact it is important that the patient be aware enough to follow directions.

What kinds of sedatives are available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.  Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs.  Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications.

Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide is Dr. Aldredge’s choice for sedation dentistry.

What Sedation Do We Use?

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Generally, IV sedation is used for shorter treatments. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why it is important to bring a designated driver for the drive home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment, and then topped up during the procedure as required.

Sometimes called “laughing gas"

Sometimes called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is one of the most mild sedatives in medical use. It is comfortably delivered as an inhaled gas through a mask placed over the nose.

Nitrous oxide works by slowing the nervous system, creating a feeling of calm and euphoria that relieves worry and reduces pain. This state also benefits Dr. Aldredge. A settled back patient makes it easier to work more efficiently without the risk of sudden movement. Sedation relieves the symptoms of those with sensitive teeth or a bad gag reflex.

Because nitrous oxide is a gas, the level of sedation can be adjusted during the dental procedure based on patient response. This immediate control also allows sedation is be discontinued as soon as the treatment is finished. The affects start to wear off immediately and a short time later the patient will be cleared to drive home.

Is Sedation Safe?

Nitrous oxide is the most commonly used sedative in dentistry and has a proven safety record confirmed over decades of studies.

Check with your physician or Dr. Aldredge to determine if nitrous oxide is the right sedation for you.

What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide?

  • No Anxiety
  • Little or no discomfort
  • More accomplished during visits.
  • Sedation wears off quickly
  • Patient can drive home
  • Perfectly safe

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