Many people are afraid to go to the dentist because of all the pain and suffering that had been traditionally associated with dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a type of anesthesia used to make your anxiety disappear. Dentists are using sedation dentistry with nervous patients, or on those who want to be relaxed (almost asleep), while the dental procedure is being executed.
There are different sedation methods such as: intravenous sedation, nitrogen oxide sedation, oral medications and general anesthesia.
With Sedation dentistry you won't feel any discomfort. You will be completely relaxed and your smile is going to look attractive without any pain or suffering.
Intravenous sedation (IV Sedation) also known as sleep dentistry is a procedure in which the dentists use a proven, safe medication to keep the patient relaxed while he/she completes the dental procedure. This drug is injected with a thin needle into a vein; it can be injected in the arm or in the back of your hand. The patient will remain conscious and will be able to respond to the dentist at all times, but will be much more relaxed.
Nitrous oxide sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is a non-toxic and colorless gas that helps people overcome their anxieties. This Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas; it is safe, doesn't irritate and it removes by itself. Dentists use this gas on patients that need to be relaxed while they execute the dental procedure, particularly children. The patient stays completely conscious and can respond to the dentist at all times.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation consists of taking one sedative pill one hour before the dental appointment. This drug makes the patients feel free of anxiety and fears, helping them to relax. This safe pill may last up to six or seven hours; the patient is completely conscious and can respond to the dentist's instructions. Common oral sedation medications are: Halcion, Valium, Dalmane and Versed.