Different Types of Sedatives for Dental Treatments

Different Types of Sedatives for Dental Treatments


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Would you rather suffer through the pain of a toothache than visit a dentist? You're not alone. From complex surgeries to more basic treatments, sedation dentistry in San Jose can make your appointment much easier.  

Many people are so afraid of going to the dentist that they would rather not get any treatment. Sedation dentistry may alleviate some of the anxiety experienced by those who avoid dentists like the plague.  

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Medication is used in sedation dentistry to assist patients with relaxing during dental treatments. Although not exactly true, it's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry." Except for those who are under general anesthesia, patients are typically awake.

The following are the many types of sedation used:

Minimal sedation- You're aware, but not tense.

General anesthesia- You are completely unconscious.

Moderate sedation (conscious sedation)- When speaking, you may slur your words and forget a lot of the operation.

Deep sedation- You will completely forget the procedure. ‍

Different Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

The following forms of sedation are used:

Nitrous Oxide

Children and adults are both safe while using laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide). This is due to the fact that you are awake and aware throughout the operation. Your dentist may suggest laughing gas to help you relax in the chair if you have a dental phobia.

Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, laughing gas wears off quickly. When compared to other sedative techniques, laughing gas is often considered to be the safest option. Once we remove the mask, any adverse effects will disappear.

IV Moderate Sedation

An IV line is inserted into a vein in the crook of your arm for IV sedation dentistry. The IV line ensures a constant supply of medicine.  

While in the dentist's chair, you may relax and remain safe, knowing that you're getting great dental treatment without the worry and discomfort. Dentists keep a careful eye on your vital signs and use an oxygen mask to make sure you're breathing appropriately.

Oral Sedation  

Depending on the overall amount given, oral sedation can range from moderate to extreme. You take a tablet for light sedation.  

The drug will make you sleepy, but you will remain aware. This is one of the most common kinds of oral sedation used. Moderate oral sedation causes some people to feel drowsy enough to fall asleep throughout the operation.

General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation 

During the operation, you will be given medicines that will make you either virtually unconscious or unconscious (deeply sleeping). When you're under general anesthesia, you can't be easily awakened up until the effects of the anesthetic wear off or are reversed.

Looking For Sedation Dentistry in San Jose?  

If you’re looking for the best sedation dentistry services, we have you covered with our experienced and highly trained dental team.

If you need these types of services, head on over to the Center for Advanced Dentistry. We offer modern and cutting-edge treatments for all your dental needs. If you want to make an appointment, give us a call!

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