Sedated dentistry is the practice of using a form of medicine to produce a relaxed state in the patient. This medicine is also used in conjunction with a local anesthetic, so the patient cannot feel the procedure being performed. During the procedure, the doctor will closely monitor and record your blood pressure, oxygen levels, and vital signs to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.
Oral Sedation. – You will receive an oral sedative, usually a pill by mouth that will make you drowsy, but still remain awake. This oral sedative may make you drowsy enough to fall asleep, but you will wake up easily with a gentle shake. Usually this form of sedation dentistry is used for short procedures and alongside in conjunction with a local anesthetic.
Nitrous Oxide (Inhaled Minimal Sedation). – Commonly known as laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide is gas inhaled by the patient. This sedative quickly takes effect, wears off quickly by the end of the procedure, and rarely has side effects.