Oral Surgery: What are my sedation options?
Do you have an upcoming oral surgery? Perhaps you will be receiving dental implants or will have your wisdom teeth removed. You might be wondering what to expect when it comes to the medication you will receive during your procedure. Our sedation dentist offers a few options for improving patient experience and comfort. When administering any type of medication, our sedation dentist utilizes the best dose for the individual’s needs and situation. The most common types of sedation include nitrous oxide, oral tablets, and IV sedation.
Also called “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is administered through a soft nasal mask. This gas is safe for almost all people. Its effects work quickly, too. Nitrous oxide produces a mild sedative effect and has analgesic properties as well. This type of sedation does not require a person to arrange for transportation to and from our practice because its effects wear off very fast. Nitrous oxide is ideal for short procedures or for tooth extractions (including wisdom teeth) that are not complex.
Delivered through prescription tablets, oral sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide. This type of sedation utilizes medication from the benzodiazepine class of drugs. This family of medication is formulated specifically for relaxing the central nervous system. Benzodiazepines such as Valium or Klonopin can make a patient feel groggy. Some people might even sleep through their procedures. Most importantly, however, oral sedation promotes a relaxing and comfortable procedure.
For longer or more invasive procedures such as complex wisdom teeth removal, IV sedation might be ideal. Medication is administered through an IV and its dosage can be adjusted throughout one’s treatment. IV sedation can be very powerful but it is safe when provided in a controlled environment. Patients’ vitals are constantly monitored and staff has training to respond to emergencies, if they arise.
Our team strives to deliver quality oral healthcare in a comfortable and safe environment. To learn more about an upcoming procedure or to schedule a consultation, call our office today.