Sedation dentistry, also occasionally referred to as relaxation dentistry, is way to manage discomfort, pain, and anxiety during dental treatment. With sedation dentistry, we can provide safe, comfortable dental care to patients who are nervous, feel afraid, or have special needs.
You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience one or more of the following:
- Fear of dental care (or needles/shots)
- Complex dental issues
- Multiple procedures needed
- Past traumatic experiences at dentist
- Sensitive teeth
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Trouble sitting for long periods/restlessness
The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Inhalation Sedation
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
With oral conscious sedation, your doctor provides you with a medication that will help you enter a deep state of relaxation while still remaining conscious. Most adults will be given Halcion (triazolam), which is in pill form, while children are often given Versed (Medazolan), which is in liquid form.
Inhalation sedation is a light form of sedation also referred to as laughing gas. It’s a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Inhalation sedation is the most commonly used type of sedation in dentistry.