What is Sedation Dentistry?

Overview of Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry is used in different circumstances to calm or put a patient to sleep if they are afraid of the dentist or are undergoing an extensive procedure.  There are a number of different ways a patient can be sedated during their treatment, each with different effects.  Although all sedation treatments are safe, make sure your dentist is aware if your child is on any medications or receiving any medical treatment.  If you would like to speak with someone more about sedation dentistry contact us today!

Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

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The different types of sedation dentistry include: nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.  Each of the sedation methods are used for various reasons.  Laughing gas will keep a patient awake during a procedure but they will be much more relaxed.  IV sedation requires the sedation drugs be administered directly into the blood stream, and oral sedation uses pills or liquid medicine.  A general anesthetic can also be used to put a patient completely to sleep.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

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Sedation dentistry is completely safe and is endorsed by the American Dental Association.  As stated earlier it is important that your child’s dentist be aware of any medication or medical treatments that your child is currently undergoing so that they can select the proper sedation method.  To learn more about sedation dentistry, read this summary on the process!  If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us today!