Sedation

We offer Mild Sedation

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are three sedative states at which your dentist can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation. Our office uses mild sedation.

Mild Sedation (Anxiolysis) is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.

How are sedatives administered?

  • Inhalation – Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
  • Oral – An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill, and taken about an hour before your appointment you will be fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation and learn more about mild sedation dentistry.

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