Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is the process of sedation administered through various means such as a pill, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or a vein (IV sedation). Patients who are anxious, nervous, or scared of dental visits may request sedation for a variety of dental care from a regular cleaning to wisdom teeth extractions.

There are various levels of sedation dentistry:

  • Minimal sedation: the patient is awake but relaxed
  • Conscious sedation: the patient is still awake and breathing  on their own, but in a deeper state of relaxation and will likely not remember much of the procedure
  • Deep sedation: the patient is nearly unconscious but can still be awakened
  • General anesthesia: the patient is completely unconscious and requires breathing assistance

A dentist will request in-depth past medical history before a patient can be sedated. Not all patients are able to be sedated. However, there may be other techniques to help a patient receive the necessary dental treatment in a safe and comfortable manner.

Please Note

Sedation dentistry may not be offered at every Dental Associates clinic, nor for every procedure. Please call your local clinic to confirm availability. Thank you!

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