Types of Sedation Dentistry
At North Idaho Dental Group, we use the following methods for sedation dentistry:
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide and oxygen are combined through a mask placed over your nose. The dentist will control the amount of sedation you receive, ensuring you receive the correct amount to help you relax. With nitrous oxide, you will remain awake during the procedure, and the gas wears off quickly afterward, allowing you to drive yourself home afterward.
Oral sedation is administered in the form of pills, typically the drug Halcion, which is a member of the same family as Valium. The pill is usually taken about an hour before your dental procedure begins, and depending on the dose, will provide mild to moderate sedation. With this form of sedation, it’s possible that you will fall asleep during the procedure.
IV Moderate Sedation
During this process, the sedative is administered intravenously, allowing it to take effect quickly. The dental anesthesiologist will continually adjust the level of sedation.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
If it is determined that you need to be asleep during your procedure, the dental anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia. You will be fully unconscious, and not easily awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off.