You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want to Be!)

April 7, 2023
A girl is sleeping

Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you pass a dental practice?

Many people who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration procedures chose to use sedation. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are typically used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s discuss the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide

The first level uses nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is usually called. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dental offices for many years because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the service, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental services but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the best choice.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedatives don’t start working as swiftly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually bring about complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most frequent sedatives used by Gilbert dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation

IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true ‘sleep dentistry.’ Most patients are oblivious to what is occurring in their mouths. IV sedation is often used for procedures such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure cosmetic dental smile makeovers. (The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure, so you won’t need a handsome prince’s kiss to wake you up.)

For more specifics about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call Artistry in Dentistry at (480) 507-1993.