What Types of Sedation Dentistry are There?

Planning to undergo a dental surgery is hardly something that most people look forward to. In fact, the anticipation can be quite unnerving.  Anxiety and fear may begin to consume you in the days leading up to your appointment.

Luckily, Encino Dental Studio offers comfortable sedation dentistry options to help you feel relaxed and worry-free about your dental treatment.

Option 1: Nitrous Oxide

Most people refer to nitrous oxide sedation as “laughing gas.” The way it works is that a soft mask is placed over your nose and you’ll breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This analgesic combination starts working quickly and the effects of it are short term - meaning that once our Encino dentist turns the supply off, you’ll be feeling back to normal pretty quickly.

Option 2: Oral Sedation

Also known as conscious sedation, oral sedation requires you to take a medication by mouth leading up to your appointment time. Once you arrive for your treatment, you will be relaxed and carefree. Sometimes a second dose is also administered.

This method is a great sedation dentistry option for Encino patients that don’t want to remember anything about their procedure, because it has an amnesiac effect. However, this method does linger, and you may be very sleepy for several hours after your treatment. You’ll need to have a friend drive you!

Option 3: IV Sedation

IV Sedation is a deeper form of sedation that is used very commonly in oral surgery.  It does require a small needle be placed in your arm. The medication through dripped from an IV line directly into your vein.

IV sedation is very successful at providing you with a comfortable procedure that you’ll likely have no recollection of!

The Best Sedation Option for You

When you come in for a sedation dentistry consultation, we’ll discuss which option is best for you.  When you’re a patient of Encino Dental Studio, you can rest assured knowing that you’re in experienced and caring hands.  Call today to schedule your next appointment!

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