Keep Calm with Different Types of Dental Sedation

  • Posted by Kent Davis
  • at Tuesday, July 16, 2013 -
Many people get stressed and anxious in the dentist's chair; a situation that could affect the efficiency of their treatment. Thankfully, dentists can now keep you relaxed and cooperative in any procedure by using different types and levels of dental sedation.

One of the most popular forms of dental sedation is nitrous oxide or N2O, a gas that is administered by inhalation using a nose mask. The gas can effectively relax the patient and send him in a euphoric and relaxed state while still conscious, in just a matter of minutes. Oftentimes, this is given together with a sedative to reduce pain. When given a combination of N2O and sedative, a patient will have no memory of the treatment.

There are also sedatives given through IV or intravenous drip. These medications go directly to the blood stream which brings about their effectiveness. Unlike in nitrous oxide gas solutions, the patient can be rendered very near a state of unconsciousness, depending on the patient's needs and health condition.

General anesthesia is often used for the most complex dental services such as implants or root canal procedures. For these, the patient will be rendered completely unconscious. Dentists have to be very careful when administering general anesthesia, though, as many adverse complications could develop on the patient.